Egyptian Christian beaten, nearly blinded in prison for ‘contempt of religion’
An Egyptian human rights organization is calling for a complete investigation of the case of Cyril Shawqi Ghattas, a 29-year-old Coptic Christian man who was imprisoned on the accusation of blasphemy, or “contempt of religion” (against Islam).
Among other irregularities, human rights activists say that the Copt was both denied a lawyer, which is illegal, and that he was physically abused regularly during his incarceration.
He was also “blinded as a result of intense crying and suffered from night blindness.”
Cyril was arrested after he pressed “like” on a Coptic website posting on his Facebook page.