Defense lawyer Abraham Edward said "This is a very unjust, severe and cruel verdict." He said that as lawyers they are unable to fathom what is going on. "Today's case is very strange, a case where there is not one shred of evidence to indict them. If this case went in front of the International Court of Justice they would all be set free." He criticized the five-year prison sentence handed down to Ayad Emad Ayad for carrying a pocket knife. According to the law this is punishable by a six months suspended sentence.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Church in Egypt (Update)
A story from the Assyrian International News Agency yesterday (to be taken with a grain of salt) reports that three Christians were just sentenced to five years in prison by a military court for carrying weapons: