Alber Saber was arrested in August 2012 on charges of contempt of religion. Saber’s mother called the police asking for protection as a mob surrounded the house. An outspoken blogger who posted many videos critical of religion, Saber was sentenced to three years in prison in December and appealed the decision. He was released for the first time in four months and left Egypt on 26 January, the day of his appeal session.
Why did you decide to leave the country?
I did not want to leave. If it were up to me I would stay and defend myself even if I were to be executed, but many people were suffering because of me and had already suffered enough.
There was nothing I could do but listen to those around me who have suffered because of me and my cause. People congratulate me on leaving. How can I be happy away from my family, friends and loved ones?
The people who should be congratulated are the ones in power. The Egyptian government is now safe from the shameful position they took.
They are safe from the criticism that initially forced them to let me go. They are safe from the possibility of me actually gaining my rights and the rights of many others.
Congratulations should be offered to those ruling Egypt with backward laws that violate the most basic of human rights.
What was your security situation when you got out of prison? Did you go back to your old house or did you have to relocate?
When I was released I left from the security directorate instead of the police station because I had been attacked earlier when I was at the station.
A high rank at the directorate, I don’t know his name, told me not to go back to my neighbourhoodbecause they would be unable to protect me. He was not threatening me.
Written By: Ahmed Aboul Enein continue to source article at dailynewsegypt.com