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Egypt comic jailed for offensive skit

2012-04-24 20:07

Cairo - An Egyptian court has sentenced one of the Arab world's most famous comedic actors to jail for offending Islam in some of his most popular films.

Adel Imam was sentenced to three months in jail and fined $170 for insulting Islam in roles he played.

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

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

He was initially found guilty in February in a case brought by an ultraconservative Islamist lawyer. He was given a retrial since he was first tried in absentia.

Imam has the right to appeal.

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  • loftycrane - 2013-01-04 11:33

    “When one person has a delusion they are considered crazy, when millions of people have the same delusion, they call it religion.” – Richard Dawkins

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