Christian Extremists Join The Neo Actio Popularis Team Demanding To Jail Author of Azazel Novel for Five Years
|Friday, May 7,2010 17:34|
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said ,today, that some Christian lawyers have joined the neo actio popularis team in Egypt and demanded a five year imprisonment for Youssef Zeidan, author of the novel Azazel, claiming he has defamed the Christian religion according to article # 98 of the Egyptian penal code.
Gamal Eid, executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, said, “We are warning of religious and political Hesba cases. We also alert of guardians of religion, either driven by miscomprehension or by publicity seeking. The likes of Hesba cases are lethal to the Egyptian culture and freedom of expression. It is a shame that the Egyptian government takes a false impartial stance of those cases”.
Gamal Eid added, “Pope Shenouda III, has got to take a clear position from those fawning to him ,claiming they have filed those communiqués as lawyers of the Egyptian church. We would really wish that the church would rise above pursuing a creative writer due to such allegations promoted by extremists seeking publicity at the expense of freedom of creation”.