Egyptian court upholds sentence against ‎comedian for offending Islam

News article, posted 04.24.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egyptian court upholds sentence against ‎comedian for offending Islam (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

A court upheld Tuesday the jail sentence of one of the Arab world's most famous comedic actors for insulting Islam in his films.

Haram misdemeanor court sentenced Adel Imam Tuesday to three months in jail and fined him LE100.

Imam was convicted in February of contempt of religion, which is criminalized under Article 98(f) of the Egyptian penal code. Imam appealed the verdict the same month.

It was latest such case against a high-profile figure, underlining concerns about freedom of expression in Egypt, where Islamist parties dominate Parliament after sweeping election victories.

Imam, 71, has acted in dozens of films in a career that spans nearly 50 years.

The case against Imam was brought by Asran Mansour, a lawyer with ties to Islamist groups.

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