Egypt Coptic Christian Maikel Nabil charged with "insulting” Islam, Germany requested to send home
CAIRO: Egyptian Coptic Christian activist Maikel Nabil, who is known internationally as the first prisoner of conscience in the post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt after the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) jailed him for "insulting the military” now faces charges of insulting Islam, he reported on Saturday while in Germany.
The Egyptian government have requested that the German government return Nabil as soon as possible so he can stand on the charges, Egypt’s Youm al-Saba’a newspaper reported.
He is being accused of "contempt of the Islamic religion and abuse of the divine.” Also among the charges, the newspaper reported are "insulting the Prophet and his followers.”
The lawsuit against Nabil says that he "consistently” insults Islam through his online activities, including his Twitter account.
It is unclear if Germany will respond to the request or if Nabil will return to the country in the near future as he now faces charges that could see him return to prison. (continue reading...)