Egypt arrests children for 'urinating' on Koran verses

CAIRO- Egyptian police arrested two Coptic Christian children accused of insulting Islam by allegedly urinating on a paper containing verses of the Koran, a judicial official said on Wednesday.
Nabil Naji Rizq, 10, and Mina Nadi Faraj, nine, from the province of Beni Sewif in Upper Egypt were being held at a juvenile facility and would be detained there for a week, following a decision by prosecutors.

The children would be interrogated after a complaint from residents of the town of Beni Sewif accusing them of "insulting Islam" by urinating on a paper which had verses from the Koran on it, the source said.
The Egyptian authorities recently sentenced a Coptic teacher to six years in prison for insulting the Prophet Mohammed and Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Facebook.
The trial of another Copt for posting excerpts from an anti-Islam film, the "Innocence of Muslims," on the Internet will resume on October 17.
Egypt's Copts fear that the low-budget film produced by a Copt from the United States would lead to further persecution at home. Christians make up six to 10 percent of Egypt's 82 million population.

Thursday, October 4th 2012

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