Blogger accused of sacrilege

Travel deals

Blogger Alber Saber appeared in court in Cairo on Wednesday, standing in a cage. He flashed a V for victory sign to spectators. His mother wept. The 27-year-old from a Coptic Christian family, a computer science major a few credits shy of his college degree, was arrested two weeks ago on charges of disdaining religion and ridiculing religious beliefs and rituals. After neighbors laid siege to his home, and after he was arrested, media reports suggested he had posted a link to the YouTube video "Innocence of Muslims" on Facebook. His lawyers deny Saber had anything to do with the video. They concede he did engage in ruminations on social media sites about the meaning of religion.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

advertisement | advertise on newsday