Islamist Detained For Insulting Christianity

Ahmad Abdullah, known as Abu Islam
Ahmad Abdullah, known as Abu Islam

An extremist Islamic preacher was on Sunday ordered to be detained by Egypt’s State prosecutor for questioning on suspicion of insulting religion after a complaint from a Christian activist, a judicial source said.

The preacher Ahmad Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, is already on trial for tearing up a bible during a protest outside the American embassy in Cairo in September over a short film made in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammed.

The latest probe came after a complaint filed by Coptic Christian activist Najib Gibrail who accused Abu Islam of insulting Christians on a television show.

Egyptian law forbids insults against religion, allowing police in the past to arrest Shiite Muslims and Christians for alleged slights against Islam. [AFP]

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