Dozens of Egypt Christians held in Libya

2013-03-01 22:05

Benghazi – At least 50 Egyptian Christians suspected of trying to convert Muslims have been arrested in the eastern city of Benghazi on illegal immigration charges, a Libyan security official said on Friday.

"Forty-eight Egyptian traders who worked in the Benghazi municipal market have been arrested based on reports of suspect activities," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He said they were found in possession of a quantity of Bibles, texts encouraging conversion to Christianity, and images of Christ and the late Pope Shenuda of Egypt's Coptic Christians, none of which were for "personal use."

But the main charge was illegal entry into Libya, he said.

A video posted on the internet shows dozens of men with shaved heads squatted on the floor in a tiny room as a bearded Libyan recounts how they had been arrested on charges of proselytising.

A local official, meanwhile, said the group of men were being well treated and would be deported after an investigation over illegal immigration was completed.

Four foreigners - an Egyptian, South African, South Korean and a Swede with a US passport - were arrested in Benghazi in mid-February on suspicion of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity, something that is strictly banned in Islam.

Since the 2011 revolution which ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's small Christian minority has expressed fears over Islamic extremism, especially with the rise of armed militias enforcing their owns laws in the absence of central control.

In December, two Egyptians died in a blast at a Coptic church in the Libyan town of Dafniya.

  • Crracker - 2013-03-01 22:24

    Now for that obvious observation. What are the chances that the indigenous population will ever be converted to Christianity in the circumstances? NIL! They are all destined for hell according to the Christian believers who so confidently try to tell us that Jesus is the only way to salvation? (Never even mind that Jesus reportedly personally unsuccesfully predicted that he would be back during the lifetime and the generation of the time.) So god actually ordered in the Old Testament that mankind multiply, knowing that many will end up in hell due to no fault or even choice on their part? Not much more to say really.

  • Crracker - 2013-03-01 22:34

    Let's rub a few faces a bit deeper into the mud. (They know who they are.) How about this observation. Why doesn't god simply let all the documentation relating to the event disappear and do a real Moses-like miracle to tranfer the accused on clouds out of harms way back to where they came from?

      eish.eish.5 - 2013-03-02 23:10

      And if He did....would you then believe Him?

      Kaoma Kapompo - 2013-03-20 11:13

      Crracker your hatred of christianity mirrors that of Muslims and atheists perfectly ... where is your peace if you are islamic or where is your fairness and human rights sensibility if you are atheist

  • Crracker - 2013-03-01 22:36

    The silence by the Protestant god about the 1000 year rule by the Catholics comes to mind. Ouch!

  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-02 06:49

    Once again the trolls take over News24. There are serious issues here like freedom of expression and faith. Islam discriminating against other faiths and a host of human rights issues, but the religious trolls take over the article and make any meaningful discussion impossible. Ban the trolls! Atheists are ruining News24...

      Adam Maither - 2013-03-02 09:39

      Once again the Islamophobes and ignorant take over VIZ blame islam for the actions of individual muslims. When will Christians rise up against the sodomy viz CARDINALS RAPING YOUNG BOYS. Not a whimper from bible thumpers

      Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-02 19:57

      trolls?dude how limited is your vocab?

  • Cynthia Ruiters - 2013-03-02 07:24

    Wow is this happening in this day and age?

  • john.cryink - 2013-03-02 07:45

    An athiest would not proclaim athiesm in a muslim country

  • Irvin Mkhari - 2013-03-02 08:12

    Christians need to stop fighting Muslims,they need to learn to mind their own business

      Livo Naledi - 2013-03-02 11:33

      no one is born a christian. Romans 10:17 states: faith comes by hearing, and hearing by preaching the WORD OF GOD. this is the only fight that the christians know. i don't get you right, big brother, when you say christians must stop fighting muslims. to me, islamic looks very much like an arabic culture, and what is from GOD is not exclusive to a certain portion of mankind. that is why even the Hebrews rejected the SON OF GOD, because HE disregarded the persons of men. Look, you live in south africa, where muslims make probably less than 1% of the population of 50m , which is predominantly christian. have you ever heard of them being killed on the bases of their mahomed, or their mosgues being bombarded? judge for yourself, bro.

  • Kenneth Kgosi - 2013-03-02 11:17

    Mind you!!! Nothing I mean Nothing in this world will stop Gods from being preached all over the 0World!!!Nothing,,its sharper than a double edge sword..

      Crracker - 2013-03-02 12:07

      True. But at least one knows that it does not involve eternity like the Christians will claim for the failure to be allowed their conversion activities.

  • rudolph.stoltz.9 - 2013-03-02 16:46

    down with islam. down with alah and mohammed.

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-02 19:53

    so muslims can forcefully convert people to isalm but christian may not do so,even peacefully?

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