On August 10, Arabic mediareported that Islam Dayf, chief prosecutor in al-Minya governorate, ordered the imprisonment of Methat A., 37, who serves as a pastor of a church in the area.
He is charged with preaching the Gospel and distributing Christian books to Muslims in violation of the law.
The Christian man is reportedly being held for four days pending an investigation into the charges.
A number of Muslim citizens reported Methat to Egyptian security, claiming that he was preaching Christianity to Muslims and giving out books, among them the New Testament.
Less than a month earlier, three Christian youth were arrested for “contempt of Islam” in Egypt when some Muslims claimed that the young men were handing out bags of dates to Muslims ending Ramadan fast that allegedly claimed “the teachings of Christ.”