Alber Saber Ayad
Arrested between 13 Sep 2012 and 27 Jan 2013
Campaign Site: http://www.change.org/petitions/free-alber-saber
Alber Saber Ayad (known as Alber Saber) is a computer science student from a Coptic-Christian family living in Cairo. He was arrested on September 13, 2012 after neighbours accused him of sharing the infamous YouTube trailer 'The Innocence of Muslims' on his Facebook page and tearing the Qu'ran. Alber was released in early 2013 and left Egypt on 26 January, the day of his appeal session.
Despite conclusive evidence against these claims and a complaint against the Public Prosecution from human right organizations, Saber was held in detention and charged with blasphemy then referred to court. His controversial trial resumed on October 17, 2012. Alber Saber started a hunger strike on October 25, 2012 in sign of protest against the mistreatments he has been subjected to in prison. Alber Saber spoke from prison for the first time for CyberDissidents.org telling about how events have unfolded prior to his arrest. For Amnesty International, Alber Saber is a prisoner of conscience.
A regularly updated Facebook page had been created as well as a petition launched calling for Saber to be cleared from all charges and set free. A hashtag, #FreeAlber, was created on Twitter calling for his release.
According the Egyptian online news website Daily News Egypt, Alber was released in early 2013 and left Egypt on 26 January, the day of his appeal session.