Egyptian Copt Albert Saber, 27, flashes the V for 'victory' sign from inside the holding cage during the opening session of his trial in Cairo on September 26, 2012, on charges of blasphemy, insulting religions and inciting sectarianism through his Internet postings.

Egyptian Government Rebuffs Campaign to Soften Blasphemy Laws

The Egyptian government has rejected a bill to abolish its controversial anti-blasphemy law, ruling that there is no need to eliminate or soften legislation that does not significantly undermine freedom of thought in the country.