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Trial of Egypt activist charged with insulting religion postponed

Proceedings in ongoing trial of Egyptian activist Albert Saber - accused of insulting both Islam and Christianity - are postponed to mid-November

Ahram Online, Wednesday 17 Oct 2012
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Albert Saber inside the cage during his trial in Cairo 26 September (Photo: Reuters)
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An Egyptian misdemeanours court on Wednesday postponed proceedings in the trial of 25-year-old activist Albert Saber, who faces charges of insulting religion, to 13 November.

Saber was detained in September for allegedly posting a controversial anti-Islam short film on his Facebook page. He also stands accused of offending the Coptic-Christian faith.

A handcuffed Saber arrived to court on Wednesday as his supporters shouted slogans to express solidarity.

"Freedom in Egypt equals jail," they shouted. "Down with the religious state."

Prosecutors have accused Saber of offending both the Christian and Muslim religions, with some describing his actions as "heretical." Saber, for his part, has attempted to justify his actions by claiming they were a form of "free expression."

Saber has also counter-charged that he had been subject to torture while in police custody.

According to an 18 September statement by a handful of Human Rights groups, Saber was arrested without warrant and has been subject to torture since his arrest.

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