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Egyptian police hold Christians for work on website

Egyptian police have detained two Egyptian Christians for their work on the website of a Christian Arab group based in Canada, police sources said on Thursday.

Named as Adel Fawzi and Peter Ezzat, the two worked for the Middle East Christian Association, which has its headquarters in Ontario and has a website with the address

Unnamed lawyers had complained to the prosecutor general that the organization and its website "insulted Islam and the prophet Mohammad on behalf of diaspora Copts", said one police source, who asked not to be named.

It was not immediately clear what kind of work Fawzi and Ezzat did for the organization which has a mission statement calling for secularism, and equality and full citizenship for Christians living in the Middle East.

Headlines on the website include: "Islam began alien and will revert to being alien", "Is Mohammad a messenger from God?" "This website reveals the true face of Islam."

Copts living abroad, especially those in North America, have tended to be more hostile towards Muslims and towards the Egyptian government than Copts living inside Egypt.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said he had no information on the detentions.

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