In 2013 Sherif Gaber, a 20-year-old student at the Suez Canal University, was arrested for starting a Facebook group about leaving Islam:
I started to see the contradictions between the Quran and scientific facts, and day by day for 2 years after searching and reading I knew the truth. Then I became an atheist and hid it for a few months. Then I admited it despite knowing that I might get killed any moment…
… Even though I’m not afraid to say I’m an atheist to everyone who asks about my religion… To die for the truth is much much better to live in a lie!
Fellow students denounced him and the School President filed a complaint to the local authorities for contempt of religion.
He was arrested by National Security and later told Daily News Egypt that, during this detention which lasted till December 2013, he was subjected to severe abuse and electrocution from the security officials, who “punished every part of me”.’
While released on bail, he escaped and was sentenced to one year in prison.