According to Ritzy Mabrouk, anti-radical-Islam blogger, Abdolkarim Nabil Seliman, was arrested by state police at his home.
The whereabouts of blogger Abdolkarim Nabil Seliman who was abducted from his home by Egyptian state security on Wednesday Oct. 26 is still not known. The police refused to answer questions by AP, the first wire to run the story. The last report about his whereabouts said he was on his way to an unknown detention center.
It was 3 a.m. when seven police officers took the 21 year old blogger away from his family home in Alexandria. His mother, Yousseira, says the house was searched; books and copies of Seliman’s writings were confiscated.
His friends and family says Seliman was targeting radical Islam in his writings, despite his strong connections to the Muslim community. Seliman is a student of law at Al-Azhar, the world’s highest seat of learning for Sunni Muslims. His pious Muslim family had returned from a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca just days before his arrests
“He is stubborn, he has ideas that contradict the true religion and he posts that on the Internet, serving no one but himself,” Seliman’s mother said.
Another blogger who closely followed Seliman’s detention says it is the fundamentalist Islamic Salafi movement that is behind the arrest. The blogger, Malik Moustafa, said Seliman recently had accused the Salafis of inciting the latest sectarian tensions in his neighbourhood of Mouharm Bay.
Democracy and freedom are needed badly in the Middle East.
Update: It turns out that I had it wrong, according to the Sandmonkey. He is not a anti-radical Islam blogger, he is a radical anti-Islam blogger. Nonetheless, no one should be arrested for expressing his thoughts. Thank God our forefathers had the foresight and wisdom to make Freedom of Expression one of the rights granted in the First Amendment of our Constitution. Now if only we can get some of the Islamic regimes and other non-democracies in the world to do the same.