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Egyptian convert still in jail having served his time

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Egyptian convert still in jail having served his timePublished: June 22, 2015

Hegazy (left) with his lawyer Karam Ghobrial, 2014WWMHaving spent most of his adult life either harassed, in hiding, or in jail, former Muslim now Christian Mohamed Hegazy can expect more of the same.Hegazy, who has been in prison since December 2, 2013, is known to be the first Egyptian to openly seek a change from Muslim to Christian on his ID card. The reason, he said, was to save his soon-to-be-born child from the persecution that he has had to endure. The convert is now in jail for either a sentence that concluded six months ago, or on a 2009 charge of "contempt" of Islam whose statute of limitation has likewise expired, his lawyer, Karam Ghobrial, says. Having already been cleared of two of three charges relating to several ‘crimes’, one thing is evidently clear: the National Security (the new name for the long-feared State Security Investigations Services, the SSI) is intent on not…