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2 Coptic children accused of 'insulting Islam' released pending investigation
Christian boys arrested for allegedly tearing up Quranic verses released but not acquitted, says attorney general; families sign document confirming children will attend questioning session
Emad Abu-Zeid , Thursday 4 Oct 2012
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Children released but not acquitted in controversial case (Photo: Reuters)

Two Coptic children arrested for insulting Islam in the Upper Egyptian village of Ezbet Marco were released Thursday afternoon pending investigation, according to Ahram Online's reporter in Beni Suef.

The attorney general of Beni Suef told Ahram Online that he ordered the release of Nabil Nagy Rizk, 10, and Mina Nady Farag, 9, "due to their young age."

However the children have yet to be acquitted. A condition of their release, the attorney general explained, is that the "families signed documents confirming they will bring both kids to the prosecution whenever they are needed for questioning." Investigations are expected to take place on Sunday. 

The boys had been detained in the Beni Suef juvenile detention by order of the prosecution since Tuesday, after imam of their local mosque Ibrahim Mohamed Ali accused the children of tearing up pages of the Quran and filed a legal complaint. 

According to Ahram Online reporter in the area, Ali initially took the children to the church and requested that the priest punish them.

Unsatisfied with the church's decision not to castigate the two boys, Ali, together with three other villagers, turned to the courts. 

Nabil's father Nagy Rizk defended the action of the boys in a public statement, explaining that they are illiterate and therefore did not know the content of the papers which they found in a small white bag, as they were playing near a pile of rubbish in the street.

The events in Beni Suef come after a wave of arrests across Egypt of individuals accused of "committing blasphemy."

Most of those arrested were Copts accused of "insulting Islam."

Earlier this month in Sohag, a Coptic school teacher, Bishoy Kamel, was sentenced to six years in prison for posting cartoons deemed defamatory to Islam and Prophet Mohammed on social-networking site Facebook, as well as for insulting President Mohamed Morsi and his family.  

This followed the arrest of a Coptic man, 25-year-old Albert Saber, on 13 September, who was charged with insulting religion for allegedly posting the controversial anti-Islam short film, Innocence of Muslims, also on his Facebook page.

Saber, who was referred to Marg Misdemeanor Court, is still in detention awaiting trial.





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cottard cyrille
09-10-2012 07:14pm
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Au Pakistan,en Egypte...toujours ces provocations..cela ne donne pas une bonne image de "SOUMISSION à DIEU " de la part de ses zélateurs,qui devraient être des mystiques ,humbles et fraternels enfants d'un même DIEU.
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Dr. Malek Muhammad Towghi/Tauqee (Baluch)
05-10-2012 07:20am
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Arrest Muslims too for insulting other religions
Millions of Muslim children, youth and adults insult other religions , particularly Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity verbally and in writing -- and on loudspeakers -- on daily basis -- mostly quoting Islamic scriptures. Waiting to see some of them to be arrested also!
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Salam
07-10-2012 10:44am
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You are not telling the tyruth
Dr Malek: excuse me, you are not telling the truth. Christian traditions and Judaic traditions are also Islamic traditions. So, how can one abuse one's own traditions?
Salam
07-10-2012 10:43am
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You are not telling the tyruth
Dr Malek: excuse me, you are not telling the truth. Christian traditions and Judaic traditions are also Islamic traditions. So, how can one abuse one's own traditions?
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A.K.
05-10-2012 01:53am
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The Media Too Must Be Accountable
I strongly believe that the media channels such as the Ahram Newspapers should be more responsible and must play a wise role in uniting the nation instead of dividing it between muslims and christians. Magnifying the misery of the Copts in Egypt and publishing news about arresting two coptic kids, could escalate the tension rather than calming things down. Freedom of the press comes with responsibility and accountability for what the media channels publish. The world is watching how civilised Egypt is!!
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Ahmed Adam Badawi
12-04-2013 09:17am
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Seriously
So the media must be accountable? are you high? stoned? so the Media shouldn't report on the two childrens' arrest? ofcourse, because this only shows how backwards and 'middle ages' Egypt is! how fundamentalist and biased the vast majority of the Muslim population of Egypt is! instead of accusing the press of escalating the problem, why don't you go and demand that the majority of muslim clerics, instead of inciting hatred in their sheep towards non muslims as a way to appease God and go to heaven, should rather teach their followers that the true path to heaven and real islam is charity, love and compassion! the same way the prophet was! or have almost all muslims forgotten that the prophets staunchest allies where infact christians, and how they protected him in Ethiopia, and how he never raised anything towards them rather than a hand of friendship. how the Prophet 'sAw' even ordered his generals to protect and support christians in any lands the Muslims conquered, and proof of that
zakki
05-10-2012 06:55pm
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The media is just mirror of the society.You should not blame the mirror if you are ugly.The egyptian reality must changing,then will be more positive news,the solution is not to be silent...
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AmericanJoe
04-10-2012 05:52pm
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hmmmm
9 & 10 years old and they cannot read..... what is wrong with this picture?
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doudi
04-10-2012 05:45pm
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Sick Society
Sick sick sick society for prosecuting children!
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