Egypt security investigates student for forming 'athiest' Facebook group

Ahram Online, Monday 28 Oct 2013

Suez Canal University filed a complaint against a 20 year-old commerce student who started a Facebook group for atheists

National security officials in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia are conducting investigations into a university student who allegedly set-up a Facebook group calling for atheism. 

Police arrested the 20-year-old student of the Faculty of Commerce, Suez Canal University, following a report submitted by the university's administration saying he had formed a group for atheists on the social networking site. 

The accused student appeared before the prosecution, who transferred him to national security for further investigation.

In December 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced activist Alber Saber to three years in jail for posting the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims on his Facebook page. He was released later after paying bail. 

Article 98 of Egypt's penal code says anyone convicted of offending religion in any form can face up to six years in prison. 

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