Report: 16-year-old jailed in Egypt for evangelizing

A 16-year-old Coptic Christian was detained in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 13 after he distributed bags of dates to Muslims who were about to conclude their Ramadan fast, according to an Egyptian media report.

The bags included a slip of paper with an evangelizing message and a link to a Christian website.

Two of his friends were also detained after visiting him in the police station, and all were released after posting bail, according to the report, which appeared in the online newspaper Mada Masr.

The 16-year-old faces up to five years of imprisonment on charges of "defamation of religions and being in pursuit of a modern recourse to evangelism aimed at drawing in Muslims," according to World Watch Monitor, which reports on the persecution of Christians.