Alber Saber Released on Bail, Appeal Date Set

Image via IHEU

A quick update on the situation facing Egyptian atheist blogger Alber Saber, who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to three years in prison last week.

Daily News Egypt reports that Alber was released on bail yesterday, set at 1,000 Egyptian pounds (about $162). The troubling part (and everything about this case is troubling) is that this bail was paid a week ago, and yet the court kept Alber locked up in jail for no apparent reason. His lawyers are not happy about this.

Alber’s defense team will appeal his conviction, with a date set for January 26th, 2013.

Daily News Egypt also notes that these kinds of charges about offending religious feelings have been on the rise under the presidency of Mohamed Morsi.

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  • pascalecake

    At first I wanted to see a picture of your unobscured face, Paul — but the more I read your articles, the more I realize the pose in your picture is always entirely appropriate.

  • GodlessPoutine

    Left to rot (and potentially get killed) in jail for a whole week after getting bailed out.  Wow, even the good news has bad news of its own. 

    • Felyx Leiter

      Wow, even the good news has bad news of its own.

      QFT. :(

  • Godlesspanther

    I wish there was an ECLU (Egyptian Civil Liberties Union) — If we can raise travel expenses, Paul can crash on my couch till he gets himself a place and job and all. 

    • Richard Wade

      I’m afraid that Egypt will have pyramids with the points on the bottom before they ever have such a group.

      • Rich Wilson

        The only silver lining I’m getting so far (other than the fact that he’s not in jail at the moment) is that he HAS a legal defense team.  And one that actually seems  to be working for him.

  • Mario Strada

    $162 bail? Shouldn’t be too hard to get him on a boat and to Lampedusa for political asylum. 

    • Rich Wilson

      That might be difficult on his family.

  • Chakolate

    What about his safety?  The mood in Egypt is volatile right now, to say the least, and letting a blasphemer out is putting him in harm’s way. 

    I wonder if that was why the bail was so low. 

  • Sandy Kokch

    While Im pretty sure that Alber and his team will want to stay and fight the good fight, Id suggest he takes a walk into the local US or UK embassy/consulate and screams ASYLUM!

    Being out of jail, especially in Egypt, may seem like a relief, but this guy is now a walking target for every fanatic Islamist out there, and in Egypt there are now a good number of them out and about to worry about.