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Coptic-Christian social studies teacher in Upper Egypt’s Luxor governorate is detained for four days pending investigation after being charged with insulting Islam
ICC Note: Demyana Emad, a 23-year-old Christian schoolteacher, was detained in Upper Egypt for allegedly insulting Islam. Emad denied the allegations, saying that several Islamic “extremists” had incited school students to testify against her, Ahram Online reports. Similar accusations were made against another Christian schoolteacher in July. Arrests for ‘insulting Islam’ have skyrocketed in Egypt following the country’s revolution and the political rise of Islamist parties.
5/9/2013 Egypt (Ahram Online) – Public prosecutors in the Upper Egyptian Luxor governorate on Thursday ordered the detention of a Coptic-Christian schoolteacher for four days pending investigation on charges that she had insulted the Islamic faith.
Demyana Emad, a 23-year old social studies teacher, was charged with insulting Islam and the Prophet Mohamed at a primary school in south Luxor, state news agency MENA reported on Thursday.
In April, the head of the parents association at the Sheikh Sultan Primary School lodged a complaint against Emad with the Luxor Educational Directorate.
Emad, who denied the allegations against her, said several Islamic “extremists” had incited school students to testify against her.

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