An Egpytian Coptic Christian has been proven innocent after having served more than half his six year sentence for defamation of Islam, according to World Watch Monitor (WWM). Bishoy Kameel Garas was jailed in September 2012 for charges including defamation of Islam related to Facebook posts by a fake account opened in his name. Garas, who was a teacher, had used his personal Facebook account to warn about the fake account, but he was still sentenced.
Despite having been officially cleared on all counts in March, by Cairo’s senior court, experts say Garas cannot hope to receive adequate compensation. “The defendant will have his three years in jail as credit, to be debited in case he’s sentenced for any future offences,” said Safwat Samaan, director of Nation Without Borders.
“Instead of investigating the hacking, which Garas insisted was done out of malice, the judge would not hear the difference between the genuine Facebook page and a page created by another assuming a false identity.” In Egypt, to be accused of defamation [of Islam] is to be guilty of it, especially with the mob pressure and rioting accompanying the proceedings.
Source: Christian Today
Bible Study: Psalm 121:1-2
PRAISE God that Bishoy is now free. Pray for many others in similar position, and for Egypt’s Christians that they may look to Christ and be His witnesses.