Egyptian Student Who Supported Atheism on Facebook Given Prison Sentence and Allegedly Tortured for “Contempt of Religion”

Suez Canal University

Sherif Gaber, a 22-year-old student at Suez Canal University, was given a prison sentence yesterday by an Egyptian court for “contempt of religion.”  Sherif was turned in by his own college president and arrested at home in an excessive raid officials somehow thought required five military-style vehicles:

A student from Ismailia was given a one year prison sentence by a court Monday for contempt of religion relating to activities on campus and atheist statements online.

Sherif Gaber, 22, was studying at Suez Canal University in 2013, when teaching staff and fellow students reported him via a petition to the institution’s President. They said he had made posts supporting atheism on Facebook, and suspected him of being behind a page called ‘The Atheists’.  Subsequently, the university’s then-president Mohamed A. Mohamedein personally filed a legal complaint against the student to the local prosecution on the grounds of contempt of religion…

Gaber said that… on 27 October 2013 he was arrested from his home at 3am.  “[I couldn’t believe] the strength of the security of the state – three armoured cars and an army vehicle, surrounded my house,” Gaber said. “I said there must be another Osama bin Laden living in the same tower… I didn’t know I was that dangerous.”

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