National American Coptic Assembly NACA
Washington Oct. 19,2006
Muslim extremists abduct more Coptic girls
and The Egyptian police follow the extremist’s approach
Cases of abduction of Coptic Egyptian girls are deemed to be a staggering problem in Egypt. Coptic girls are abducted by Muslim fundamentalists from all across Egypt. In addition, the Egyptian police lean towards the extremists’ side. The Police do not only protect the kidnappers, but also detain the girls families when they file complain in the police stations. In a recent case, the Egyptian police created a set up to arrest the family members of Dimiana Makarm Hanna, 21 years old. Dimiana was kidnapped by Muslim extremists in July, 06 in the Fayom Province, North East, Cairo. Along with thousands of other Coptic Christians, Dimiana’s family protested her abduction and the unfair treatment they received by the police. Accordingly, they were arrested and detained by the Egyptian State Security Intelligence (ESSI). The ESSI also arrested members of clergy of the Coptic Orthodox church who has called for the immediate release of Dimiana Hanna. The names of these clergy are Tadrous Naser, Naser Kalaf, William Massoud, and Issaq Aziz. After two weeks of their detention, The Egyptian authorities released the previously mentioned individuals. Their release was contingent upon the cessation of calling for Dimina’s return to her Christian Family.
The National American Coptic Assembly demands the US Congress to fully implement the Religious Freedom Act. The American administration should also pressure the Egyptian government to punish the kidnappers and preclude these cases of abductions.
Morris Sadek – ESQ
Legal consultant – DC bar
National American Coptic Assembly President