Egypt Christian man gets 6 years

2012-03-01 13:04

Cairo - An Egyptian court has sentenced a Christian man to six years in prison on charges of showing contempt for religion and insulting the Prophet Mohammed, reported the semi-official newspaper Al-Ahram on Thursday.

The court, in the southern Egyptian province of Assiut, said that Makram Diab, a school employee, had made offensive remarks against Islam's prophet, according to the report.

The remarks infuriated Diab's Muslim colleagues, who went on strike until he was arrested and prosecuted.

Earlier this week a Cairo court dismissed a lawsuit against the Christian business tycoon, Naguib Sawiris, who was accused of insulting Islam by tweeting images of Mickey Mouse with a beard and his counterpart Minnie wearing a veil.

Sawiris faces two other lawsuits over the same images.

Recent parliamentary elections have produced a strong showing for Islamists in Egypt, sparking concerns over freedom among liberals and Christians, who make up around 10% of the country's 80- million-strong population.

  • CyberDog - 2012-03-01 15:13

    Wow Talk about juvenile and Neanderthal mentality .. What next, get arrested for saying the prophet is dead ? Wow, you would have thought that people have finally at a level of slight intelligence by the 20th century ...apparently not, religion is in an all out war to keep everyone stupid...

  • Godfrey - 2012-03-01 16:59

    This is just plain dumb. Muslims appear to be petrified that their beliefs cannot survive exposure to honest engagement and that any skepticism will lead their adherents to renounce their prophet and god in droves?

  • Jerzy - 2012-03-04 21:32

    US citizen was arrested for wearing, "Give peace a chance" t shirt during the dark days of bush(whacked). Christians seem to petrified against anyone promoting peace asa well as anyone who speaks out against their evil killing ways. Bushwhacker actually said that he was on a mission from God himself. Can you believe that a$$hole.

  • Jaco Francois Bester - 2014-06-24 09:00

    We are so lucky in SA , we can go to church , read The Bible and talk about God openly . " We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh." —2 Corinthians 4:8-11

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