A Coptic Christian pharmacist plagued by mental illness over the past 10 years suddenly converted to become a Muslim in mid March, shortly after his release from the Egyptian hospital where he was undergoing psychiatric treatment.But the Christian family of Dr. Hanna Kamal Hanna Morgan, 37, have rejected the legality of his alleged Muslim conversion, declaring that a man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia is not mentally competent to make such a decision.The Coptic pharmacist was discharged from the Behman Hospital in Helwan on February 1. His hospital discharge paper states the patient was in stable condition when released, although his family, living in El-Fayoum, 70 miles south of Cairo, said they had not been notified of his expected release.Married with two young daughters, Morgan reportedly disappeared for 48 hours right after his hospital discharge. Soon afterwards, State Security officials in El-Fayoum informed Morgan's family that the pharmacist had converted to Islam.The Coptic mental patient's exact place of residence in El-Fayoum is not known to his family, who have been told he is "under the protection" of the local State Security department.Neither the pharmacist's wife, Dr. Iman Emil Kamal (a medical doctor), his two brothers nor other relatives have been allowed to meet with Morgan since his alleged conversion to Islam.In accordance with Egyptian law, however, the pharmacist was brought to a formal meeting at the State Security bureau with a Coptic Orthodox priest, who is allowed to try to persuade Copts converting to Islam to reconsider such a decision. Morgan reportedly told the priest who met with him, "I can't come back (to Christianity), or they will burn my pharmacy and me."According to Morgan's ...1
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