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'Bible-burning' Islamist preacher referred to Cairo Criminal Court

Radical preacher Abu-Islam Ahmed Abdullah to face charges of 'denigrating Christianity' and insulting Egyptian women

Ahram Online, Sunday 17 Mar 2013
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File photo: Muslim cleric Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Islam, speaks to media as he arrives at court for the opening session of his trial in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Hard-line Islamist preacher Abu-Islam Ahmed Abdullah, who faces charges of 'defaming Christianity,' was referred to the Cairo Criminal Court by prosecutors on Sunday.

The Islamist preacher has been on trial for burning copies of the New Testament last September outside the US embassy in Cairo's Garden City district.

Prosecutors on Sunday referred Abdullah to the Cairo Criminal Court, where he will face charges of insulting Christianity and insulting Egyptian women in a television appearance.

Abdullah, a staunch supporter of the Salafist Nour Party and the Muslim Brotherhood, is the owner of two Salafist-oriented Egyptian satellite channels, Umma and Mariya.

The case represents the first time for charges filed for denigrating Christianity to be investigated, rights lawyer Naguib Gibrail said in earlier statements to Ahram Online.

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Atheist peacemaker
18-03-2013 09:29am
He should be charged for hate speech instead
It gives some satisfaction that he is facing a criminal court, but I can't agree with the charge. He should be charged with hate speech, not insulting religion.
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18-03-2013 01:47pm
I would agree, but...
I would agree with you and go a bit further than that, but only if they treated Christians who were charged of the same crime the same way. The issue is the fact that it's taking this long to convict Abu Islam, and it takes a matter of hours to convict a Christian shows how much bigotry the country still has to fight.

17-03-2013 10:27pm
.. and you can be sure he will get a suspended sentence or a fine... we won't see him spending years in prison like others charged with the same crime!
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