Charges related to “evangelising” – an act often considered a “defamation of Islam” – have been suspended against three young Christian men in Alexandria.

Fawzi Osama was caught in July 2015 by a zealous Muslim bystander, as he handed out dates and Christian words of encouragement to Muslims at the break of their Ramadan fast.

Osama and two friends, Stephen Botros and Shadi Saeed, thought to be under 18, were forced to pay EGP 3,000 (US$380) each for bail, Watani quoted lawyer Hamdi al-Assyouti as saying.

At the time of the incident, special police investigators claimed the three had “endorsed a new way to proselytise and to convert passers-by to Christianity”. They were charged with “defamation of religion”.