Remember Those in Chains

EGYPT: CHRISTIANS SENT TO PRISON AFTER BRUTAL POLICE RAID

Judge ignores video evidence of officers’ unwarranted, violent attack on café.

ISTANBUL January 29 (Compass Direct News) – Following a brutal raid on six Christian brothers and their café because they had opened for business during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, a judge on Jan. 22 sentenced them to three years in prison with hard labor for resisting arrest and assaulting authorities. Last September, 13 police officers raided the café in Port Sa’id, a city in Egypt’s Nile delta, overturning tables, breaking chairs and smashing glasses and hookah pipes, according to the Coptic Christians’ lawyer. They beat the brothers with sticks, leaving two with broken arms and a third needing 11 stitches for a head wound. “The police attacked these people and assaulted them unjustifiably,” said Ramses el-Nagar, the Christians’ lawyer. “Police did not want to see people eating during Ramadan. This is unfair, because whatever people’s beliefs are, the law is something else and they should not be mixed.” There is no law in Egypt under which the brothers could be prosecuted for opening their café during Ramadan. When they tried to defend their café, the brothers, all in their 30s, were arrested on Sept. 8 and charged with resisting arrest and assaulting authorities. The names of the imprisoned Christian brothers are Ashraf Morris Ghatas; Magdy Morris Ghatas; Osama Morris Ghatas; Nabil Morris Ghatas; Walid Morris Ghatas; and Hany Morris Ghatas.

 

“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.* On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.” 1 Peter 4:14

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3

2 Responses to Remember Those in Chains

  1. Thank you for sharing this.

    To die or suffer for love of Christ – even in the situation of imperfect understanding. That is a grace, blessing and privelage a select few can be worth of.

  2. Thanks for this, Perry.

    I don’t know precisely when or why, but a few years ago, I began inserting, at the point in the list of classes of people for whom we pray, “the captives,” adding “all those persecuted for Christ and those who will be tortured, maimed or killed for Christ this day.” Your post will give me names for whom to pray.

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