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The Higher State Security Court continued examining the case about the publication of scandalous photos of the expelled monk in al-Mowagha paper, in which the Editor-in-Chief of the paper and another journalist are accused.
The Emergency State Security Misdemeanor Court decided to suspend the examination of the cases against Al -Nabaa and Akher Khabar newspapers until it has made a decision concerning the request from the defense to change the members of the jury. The head of the court said that the reasons the...
President Mubarak received Pope Shenouda in Ras al-Tin palace. In a two hour meeting the president and the pope discussed issues concerning Copts and how to maintain national unity. Neither party made a statement after the meeting.
Swift intensive efforts were made this week to contain a Muslim-Christian crisis due to a blasphemous article, by a Muslim writer, about a former monk. Thousands of angry youths protested against the article, the Government was accused of being in collusion with the paper, Pope Shenouda...
Mamdouh Mahran, chief editor of the weekly al-Nabaa, claimed that a former Coptic monk had practiced prostitution inside the church. Mahran was highly criticized in Egyptian media and was accused of damaging national unity. His article provoked angry protests by Copts in Assiut and in the main...
The article reports that expelled monk Barsoum Al-Muharaqi and his brother Girges Saad have been released five weeks ago. This former monk had been involved in a sex scandal that caused lots of furor in Egypt.
The defense of the editor-in-chief of Al-Nabaa quoted Bishop Marqos of Shoubra El-Kheima who said that expelled monks get a chance to repent and return to the monastery. Lawyers for the church objected to this quote and had a loud argument with the defense in the courtroom.
No lawyer wants to defend the expelled monk Barsoum Al-Moharraqi, whose trial will begin soon. One of the expelled monk’s relatives contacted a Coptic lawyer to defend him. But the lawyer said that his agreement depends on the agreement of Pope Shenouda.
The Christian managing editor of Al-Nabaa said that he was shocked when he knew that the paper’s editor-in -chief published the story of the expelled monk. He added that he objected to the publication, believing that it would harm religious feelings but the publication was already decided. He said...
During the State Security Prosecution’s investigation with the Editor-in Chief of Al-Nabaa, he said he thought he was exposing corruption in a sensitive religious place, which means playing a patriotic role and that when he published anything he took into consideration the basic principles of...
The author received many letters comparing the story Al-Nabaa published about the expelled monk and the contents of "A banquet for Seaweed," "The Formation Period" and "Yathrib Community," which are believed to disdain Islam. His conclusion was that the law prohibits scorning religions and that is...
Bishop Saweris, the confession father of the expelled monk, said that he confessed his sins three months before he was expelled in 1996. The bishop said he tried to reform him after he became suspicious about his behavior. When failed to reform him, he expelled him from the monastic order and...
Pope Shenouda described the way President Mubarak handled the crisis as very wise and described the reaction of the Journalists’ Syndicate as brave and strict. He thanked the Muslims of Egypt who supported the Copts during their crisis, the Grand Sheikh of the Azhar and the Mufti.
The writer believes that the demonstrations by thousands of Coptic youths in the Patriarchate, protesting about what Al-Nabaa published, should not be considered only in the light of Al-Nabaa disaster. He compared between the problem the "Banquet for Seaweed" caused and that caused by the story of...
Three million Christians and Muslims gathered on the western [Nile] bank in Assiut to celebrate the Virgin mulid. Some of the visitors were asked if they were affected by what was published on the expelled monk. They answered that nothing can affect their love for the monastery.
Nabih Al-Wahesh, attorney for Al-Nabaa paper, said that Al-Nabaa will be back as of Sunday. He added that the weekly issue is being prepared and that the military ruler did not shut down the press house, but ordered confiscation of Al-Nabaa’s June 17 issue, and Akher Khabar’s June 18 issue.
The lawyers who first attacked Al- Nabaa have now changed places and started fabricating reasons to justify the publication of such indecent pictures on the premise that publishing them was quite helpful to the church. Some Coptic lawyers found it a good opportunity to get closer when speaking on...
Egyptians exercise extreme patience when their rights are usurped or when they fall under oppression. However, if matters are related to their faith, they will fiercely protect their resort of last refuge. That was why the fury of the young Coptic men and women who gathered was so fierce. They did...
The expelled monk made a terrible mistake whether he was, at this time, defrocked or not, this is not the issue. His being a monk doesn’t imply anything against Christianity because religion is religion, and humans are humans. The journalist also made a terrible mistake. He fabricated a lot of...
Fahmi Howeidi believes that anger ruined the right way of handling the case of the expelled monk. Instead of regarding it as an attempt to attack the public system, violating the traditions of the journalism profession, it was regarded as a matter concerning only Copts. The angry people did not...

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