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Two Coptic children arrested in Egypt for 'insulting Islam'
Beni Suef Imam files law suit against two Christian boys for allegedly tearing up Quranic verses; father of children pleas kids are illiterate and were playing with papers near a garbage dump
Emad Abu-Zeid , Wednesday 3 Oct 2012
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Muslims and Christians raise "No to Sectarian incitement" placards at US embassy in Cairo on 1st day of protests against anti-Islam film in September, 2012 (Photo: AP)

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The two Coptic children  have been released Thursday afternoon pending investigation, according to Ahram Online's reporter in Beni Suef. For more details see: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/54811/Egypt/Politics-/BREAKING-Two-Coptic-children-accused-of-insulting-.aspx

 

Two Coptic Christian children Nabil Nagy Rizk, 10, and Mina Nady Farag, 9, were arrested, Tuesday, for insulting religion in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, after the imam of their local mosque filed a complaint against them.

By order of the prosecution the two boys are now being held in the Beni Suef juvenile detention pending further investigation on Sunday.

Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, the village imam, accused the children of tearing up pages of the Quran.

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 several individuals after they were accused by others of "committing blasphemy."

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

Earlier this month in Sohag, a Copt 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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Grey
05-10-2012 12:44pm
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Weak?
Any religion or government that fears criticism to this extent honestly looses all credibility. Extremist retaliation, similar to the mode set of many fundamentalist Christians, should never be tolerated by individuals or the world. Why do things like this happen. Because we stand by and do nothing.
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Salam Heines
05-10-2012 05:45am
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Whatever
These people need education very badly. All of them.
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todd
04-10-2012 07:47pm
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Nuke everyone. Where's the restart button?
lol @ the guy serving 6 years for a facebook post. Nuke this entire region already. Why do these backwards-ridden neanderthals even have the internet?
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simon
04-10-2012 05:54pm
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entrapment by immam
is this the same immam that put the damaged pages of the quran in the mentally challenged girls bag the other week, it seems like being coptic christian is getting to be harder and harder
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Darran
04-10-2012 07:52pm
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entrapment
No, I'm pretty sure that girl was in Pakistan. Could be wrong tho.
Logan
04-10-2012 06:19pm
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entrapment
Well, that would be the point, wouldn't it? Make it as uncomfortable as possible, to the point of dangerous for them to exist and they will leave. Ethnic cleansing stage 1.
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John
04-10-2012 05:12pm
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Who threw the Quran away?!
Shouldn't they be going after the evil infidel that threw away the super-duper holy verses away in the first place?
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Bassem Fouad
04-10-2012 04:46pm
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3eyal (children)
I was told once that if you argue with an idiot you yourself become an idiot. Can this interpolated to if you argue with a child you yourself become a child?
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John
04-10-2012 04:18pm
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Thanks Islam!
The religion of childish thinking has yet another whiny tantrum!
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Adam
04-10-2012 04:06pm
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Christian Children?
Don't you mean, "Children of Christian parents"? Or, hell, maybe you could call them "Conservative Children" or "Free Market Economist Children". When did children start deciding political/economic/religious affiliations before puberty?
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Kim
05-10-2012 10:21am
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Agree
I see someone has been reading their fair share of Mr Dawkins ? =)
Kim
05-10-2012 10:21am
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I see someone has been reading their fair share of Mr Dawnkins ? =)
Jordan
04-10-2012 09:04pm
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Re: Christian Children
I chose to be baptized on my own, without parental prompting, at age 7. I'm not unique.
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f. oost
04-10-2012 12:35pm
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garbage dump
Even a torn koran on garbage dump can be a timebomb for the innocent.
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Publicola
04-10-2012 07:26am
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Free Alber Saber!
Petitioning President of Egypt - Free Albert Saber! This petition will be delivered to: Mohamed Morsi President of Egypt Hisham Mohamed Qandeel Prime Minister of Egypt Heiner Bielefeldt United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Hillary Clinton United States Secretary of State Anne W. Patterson United States Ambassador to Egypt http://www.change.org/petitions/free-alber-saber
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