We are writing to you to report the worrying case of Mr. Baha al-Aqqad. Middle East Concern report that Mr al-Aqqad, a Christian convert from a Muslim background, disappeared on April 6th 2005. He is said to have sent a text message to a friend, asking him to visit him at the Doqqi State Security Prison. However, when the friend arrived, along with Mr al-Aqqads wife, prison officials denied all knowledge of his whereabouts. Since then no-one has had any contact with him.
to his conversion, Mr al-Aqqad
was a member of an Islamist group and had been detained several times by
security police. However, Christians in
Please pray for Mr al-Aqqad, his wife and his friends at this worrying time.
am writing you to express my concerns over the case of Mr. Baha
His friends believe that he is held by the State Security at an undisclosed location without being allowed visits from his family or a lawyer. According to my information Mr. Aqqad has not committed any crimes, nor has he been charged with doing so. It is believed he is being treated in this way due to his conversion to Christianity.
I respectfully petition your intervention in this case to ensure that the basic human rights of Mr. al-Aqqad are upheld and that he is granted access to his family and a lawyer. If the reason for his detention is indeed the peaceful practice of his internationally recognized right to choose a religion, I respectfully petition for his immediate release.
President Mohammad Hosni Mubarak
Mahmud Adu el-Leil,
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Mr. Adel. El-Gazzar,