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Egyptian Copt jailed for 'insulting Islam, Morsi' on Facebook
Coptic Christian schoolteacher sentenced to six years in jail for posting cartoons on Facebook deemed insulting to Islam, Prophet Mohamed and President Morsi
Ekram Ibrahim, Tuesday 18 Sep 2012
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File photo: Egyptian woman holds a black flag with Islamic inscription in Arabic that reads, "No God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet," in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)

A Coptic Christian schoolteacher, Bishoy Kamel, has been sentenced to six years in prison for posting cartoons on Facebook deemed defamatory to Islam and the Prophet Mohamed, and for insulting President Mohamed Morsi and his family.  

The Sohag Misdemeanour Court imposed the following sentences on Kamel: three years for defaming Islam and the Prophet Mohamed, two years for insulting the president, and one year for insulting Mohamed Safwat who made the allegations against him.

The prosecution said Kamel had used Facebook to deliberately defame the Prophet Mohamed. He had also insulted the president and shown contempt for society’s sacred symbols, the prosecution said.

Members of Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya and various Salafist groups attempted to attack Kamel when he was led out of the court after receiving his sentence. They pelted with rocks the police car used to transport him away from the court.

Kamel's lawyer has filed an appeal which will take place on 27 September at a different court.

The defendant said he did not post the cartoons, claiming his Facebook account had been hacked two days before. He was arrested on 30 July.

In June 2011, Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic billionaire and founder of the liberal Free Egyptians Party, was severely criticised after posting a cartoon of Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in Islamic garb. Several Islamist lawyers subsequently lodged a complaint with Egypt's attorney-general against Sawiris, whom they accused of offending Islam.

"It is really scary that someone could be sentenced to two years in jail for writing comments about the president on social media, no matter how offensive these comments were," Emad Mubarak, a lawyer who represents human rights activists, said.

Mubarak added that Kamel's case reminded him of the Kareem Amer case that stirred much criticism during the last years of the Mubarak era.

Amer was sentenced in February 2007 to three years imprisonment for insulting Islam and one year for insulting President Hosni Mubarak. He was the first person in Egypt to be jailed due to a blog post. The case raised fears of a crackdown on bloggers.

On Thursday, Albert Saber, a 25-year-old activist, was arrested for insulting religion after allegedly posting on his Facebook page the controversial anti-Islam film that has sparked angry protests across the Muslim word in recent days.

Protests against the film in Cairo left two dead and 250 injured.





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Woody Pfister
20-09-2012 05:17pm
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Egypt Must be a LIving Hell for Christians
I understtand the logic in Islamic countries making insulting Islam (while turning a blind eye to burning churches and raping and killing Christians) a crime. I undestand the logic in autocratic regimes making insulting the "President" a crime (great step forward for Egypt in trading in Murbark for the Muslim Bros.) But, "one year for insulting Mohamed Safwat who made the allegations against him?" I pray for the Egyptian Christians and Muslims who oppose this madness as well as the the rabid dog Muslims who wallow in hate.
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Billy
20-09-2012 04:01pm
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Stop foreign aid.
These people have rebelled against us and our values. They shouldn't be given another dime until they act like they want it.
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somewhereinus
20-09-2012 03:56pm
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Just what is an insult to the Muslim Faith?
According to the Muslims over in Egypt, the very existence of Egyptian Copts in Egypt is an insult to Islam... does that mean they have to kill them all? I think that is a bit harsh, but that is what is underway in Egypt, the persecution and death of Egyptian Copts. Ehnic cleansing in the name of Allah? Sounds like a cult, not a religion.
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sylvie
20-09-2012 03:52pm
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How many Muslims jailed for persecuting Egyptian Copts?
Muslims have been over in Egypt kidnapping and raping Egyptian Coptic women. How many have been jailed for doing so? Countless Egyptian Copts have had their homes and churches burnt to the ground by Muslims... again, how many Muslims are in jail as a result? Egyptian Copts live under persecution daily in Egypt... where are their rights? When do they get the right to their faith? WHEN??????!!!!!
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Andrew
20-09-2012 03:40pm
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Welcome to the Caliphate
Who said Neanderthals were extinct?
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Lawyers Guns & Money
20-09-2012 03:33pm
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The Craft of Statesmanship
At last we see that Obama and his Secretary of state were right.Democracy and respect for human rights have been solidly entrenched in Egypt unlike the bad old days of Mubarak....ah ok......never mind then
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VogueIsRogue
20-09-2012 03:12pm
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The World
lest you not forget the absolute tyrany this countries are under. Look at how this country's majority believe everything it's told about everything. Why is OUR government buying 1.6 billion hollow point bullets, and by our government I mean Dept of Homeland security. Look at the video 'all america should see this" on youtube and dont wonder why these countries dont like us. These muslim countries have the same ignorance we have, except we are suppose to be above brainwashing and we arnt just look around. Listen to the current pop songs played in radio today in reverse and tell me something isnt going on.
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LeoBassy
20-09-2012 02:44pm
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Admit It
It's time we admit that the Arab world has devolved into a humorless, stone age culture devoid of compassion and consumed by mob mentality all thanks to Islam. Like the black plague this "religion" is a modern day scourge to mankind.
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Jack
20-09-2012 02:40pm
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Shameful
This whole episode as reported is shameful. The Coptics are an important part of Eqyptian history and culture, having been the majority before Islam. Why attack your culture? Wny attack your brethren? Why have a revolution if you cannot speak out freely and practice freely?
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Egyptian
11-10-2012 05:50pm
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lies
I am from Egypt ..... you said : Why have a revolution if you cannot speak out freely and practice freely?
Egyptian
11-10-2012 05:50pm
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lies
I am from Egypt ..... you said : Why have a revolution if you cannot speak out freely and practice freely?
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Fred Sanford
20-09-2012 02:24pm
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Arab Spring into a Hole
This is what the Arab Spring brought about. This is new to Egypt. Libya is run by the same foul gits now. Insulting the president is a crime? LOL!
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