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Tensions Rise as Egyptian Courts to Rule on Defaming Christianity and Islam in Two Separate Cases
In the aftermath of massive protests and violent reactions to the anti-Islam video "The Innocence of Muslims," an undercurrent of tension boils just below the surface as issues of religious defamation rise to the forefront, as seen in two recent court cases in Egypt.
One case involves a young Egyptian Coptic Christian, Alvert Saber, who is being accused of blasphemy and advocating atheism for posting clips of the infamous video online. Saber, who denies posting the clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity as well. Human Rights activists call for his release and advocate for his right to freedom of expression. His trial is set for November 14th.
Abou Islam, head of Umma Islamic channel and chairman of Islamic Enlightenment Center, is accused of publicly and scornfully insulting Christianity after allegedly tearing-up and burning a Bible on Sep 11 outside the US Embassy in Cairo, which he did in response to the film. Islam stated that the book was not a Bible, but a book of Terry Jones, a controversial US evangelical preacher who oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran in a small Florida church.
Included is video footage of the protests, where violent backlash broke out along with some peaceful demonstrations in several locations including Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia and Tunisia.
On Wednesday, October 17, Cairo courts adjourned the trial of Alvert Saber, an Egyptian Copt accused of blasphemy for posting clips of the anti-Islam video on the Internet, to the session of November 14.
Saber, who denied he posted such clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity too.
Saber’s mother said that the police broke into their apartment illegally while she wasn’t here.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother
The defense staff of the young man said that their client said he was persecuted in custody by one of the prisoners under orders of a police officer.
The prosecution investigations revealed that the defendant used Islam and Christianity to promote his extreme thoughts on the Internet, mocking God and his prophets and calling for atheism.
A number of human rights activists and supporters call for the release of Saber as he has been practicing his freedom of expression.
Story: Trial of Egyptian Copt for Posting Anti-Islam Video Adjourned to Nov 14
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 17, 2012
1. Medium external shot of the court in Cairo
2. Various shots of Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother, outside the court
3. Pan left, Saber’s mother entering the court
4. Various shots of crowds of people and reporters at the corridor inside the court, waiting to see Saber while being taken out of the courtroom
5. Pan left, Saber being moved from the courtroom to another room amid tight security and throngs of people and reporters
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother
8. Medium shot, crowds of reporters and cameramen in a corridor at the court
9. Long shot, crowds of people, reporters and cameramen and Saber’s mother trying to enter the room he was taken to
11. Various shots of Saber’s mother coming out of the court, speaking on the cell phone
12. Wide external shot of the court
The UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi held meetings with top Lebanese officials on Wednesday, October 17, in Beirut over the Syrian issue.
Mourners gather to honor the late king Norodom Sihanouk who died of a heart attack Monday, at the age of 89. His body was returned from China, where he had been receiving medical treatment.
On Wednesday, October 17, Cairo courts postponed the trial of Alvert Saber, a young Egyptian accused of blasphemy for posting clips of the anti-Islam video, "Innocence of Muslims" on the Internet. The trial will be held November 14th.