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4 Feb 2012

Egyptian Comedian Adel Imam Sentenced To Jail For Insulting Islam

A popular Egyptian comedian Adel Imam has been sentenced to three months in jail for offending Islam, a judge said.

Imam was found guilty of ‘defaming Islam’ in a 2007 movie ‘Morgan Ahmed Morgan’ in which he plays a corrupt businessman who tries to buy a university diploma. The movie included a scene with bearded Muslim men wearing traditional Islamic robes. Other reports said the court objected to his use of Islamic symbols in the film and others he has appeared in.

Imam, also a veteran actor was convicted in absentia. The judge said Imam can however appeal.

Just last month, an Egyptian telecommunications mogul and founder of the liberal Free Egyptians political party Naguib Sawiris faced similar charges after he posted pictures of Mickey and Minnie Mouse wearing Islamic clothing on Twitter.
Imam, 71, has acted in dozens of films and 10 plays in a career that spans nearly 50 years.

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