Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Egyptian atheist's jail sentence blow to religious freedom

By Shelly Kittleson

CAIRO, DECEMBER 31 - When a furious mob attacked Alber Saber's house in September, calling for his death and accusing him of burning the Koran and promoting the film The Innocence of Muslims on social networks, his mother phoned the police.

On arriving, the police arrested him instead of his attackers, forced him to sign documents he hadn't read and left him alone with other detainees at the police station after inciting violence against him, Saber told ANSAmed.

A few days after his release on bail pending appeal of the December 12 conviction for insulting religion, for which he has been sentenced to three years in jail, Saber granted an interview to ANSAmed in the offices of Egypt's Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE).


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