Egypt groups say anti-Islam film defendant being mistreated

By REUTERS
October 22, 2012 18:14

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CAIRO - Egyptian rights group said on Monday a Coptic Christian on trial for posting online a video that ignited protests around the globe for mocking Islam was being fed food unfit for human consumption and held in a cell plagued with insects.

Computer science graduate Alber Saber was arrested in Cairo last month after neighbors accused him of uploading sections of "Innocence of Muslims," that was made in California.

Clips from the film were posted on various parts of the Internet weeks before violent protests erupted in countries including Egypt, where protesters tore down the flag at the US Embassy. Four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed in an attack on the US consulate in the Libya's Bengazhi.

Saber's case has raised concerns over freedom of expression under Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who came to power in an election this year after the uprising that toppled veteran ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The 10 groups said he was being held in a cell where sewage had flooded nearby while he is on trial in connection with the film and other charges including insulting both Islam and Christianity and running Facebook pages calling for atheism.


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