Egyptian Teacher Arrested for Defaming Prophet on Facebook

An Egyptian teacher was detained yesterday after posting cartoons on Facebook that allegedly defame Islam, the Prophet Mohammed and Egypt’s first Islamist president, the state-run Ahram Gate website reported late yesterday.

Bishoy Kamel, 32, a Coptic-Christian from the governorate of Sohag in Upper Egypt, has been detained for four days pending investigation, the news website said. He has also allegedly insulted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and members of his family, Ahram Gate reported.

Kamel has admitted managing the Facebook page in question, however he said the page was hacked on July 28 and that he’s not responsible for the content, Ahram Gate said.

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