Atheist Activist Arrested for Blasphemy in Egypt

Last Monday, Alber Saber posted the infamous “Innocence of Muslims” movie on the Egyptian Atheists Facebook page, which he administered…

On Wednesday, a “Muslim friend and neighbor” made the connection that Saber was the administrator of an atheist page… and that he was criticizing Islam.

By Thursday, this was the scene outside his house:

When Saber arrived at the police station, he was charged under an infrequently used law that prohibits insulting religion, according to his lawyer, Ahmed Ezzat, who spent Friday with Saber at the local police station. The allegations, Ezzat says, include sharing the Facebook link and, months earlier, posting a self-made video commentary titled “Who is the spokesman for Allah?”

Saber… is an outspoken atheist, according to his lawyer and friends. It’s a subject on which he has engaged often on the web, where he has an active presence on social media and his personal blog. The recent flood of animosity against Saber, Ezzat says, was due less to tensions between Christians and Muslims than to Saber’s history of speaking his mind — combined with the recent frenzy over the anti-Islam film…

Not only was Saber arrested, he was thrown into a crowded prison cell by an officer who announced to his new cellmates that Saber had insulted Muhammad. They didn’t take very kindly to that, supposedly slashing committing a gruesome act of violence against him. (I say “supposedly” because I’m only seeing this report on a blog, not elsewhere.)

Saber is also said to be on a hunger strike right now.

At the moment, there’s not much we can do for him. But there is a Facebook page dedicated to freeing him. It’s in Arabic but you don’t need to know another language to Like the page.

About Hemant Mehta

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  • Tim Jones

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about…. if you are looking for a visa, well you won’t have it, better rot in egypt.

  • Rich Wilson

    Alber now lives in Switzerland with his partner and daughter, Hypatia. Hardly rotting.