The Straits Times
Published on Sep 25, 2012

Christian Copt follower to face trial in Egypt for blasphemy


CAIRO (REUTERS) - An Egyptian Copt follower was arrested on suspicion of posting an anti-Islam video online that ignited Muslim protests around the world will stand trial next Wednesday on charges of insulting religions, the state news agency Middle East News Agency (Mena) said on Monday.

Computer science graduate Alber Saber, 27, was arrested at his Cairo home on Sept 13 after neighbours accused him of uploading sections of the film Innocence of Muslims and making another movie mocking all religions.

His case has raised concerns over freedom of expression under Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who came to power in free elections earlier this year after the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Many Christian Copts have been concerned about the political rise of Islamists since Mubarak's fall and fret about any action that could stoke tensions with their Muslim compatriots.