The government in Egypt continues to destroy the notion of free speech and send people to prison for “insulting” religion, and not just Islam. They convicted a reactionary Muslim Imam for tearing up a Bible and sentenced him to a very long prison term:
An Islamist preacher was sentenced to 11 years in prison with hard labour on Sunday for contempt of religion, tearing up the Bible, and “disturbing peace and security.”
The verdict was handed down by the Nasr City Misdemenours Court on Sunday, according to state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper. Conservative preacher Ahmed Abdallah, popularly known as “Abu Islam,” was given five years for ripping up a Bible, three years for insulting religion, and an additional three for disturbing public peace. He was also given an EGP 3,000 fine. However, Abu Islam’s verdict will be suspended pending his upcoming appeal.
His son Islam Abdallah, also known as Abu Youssef, was sentenced to eight years in prison and an EGP 2,000 fine in the same case for participating in the tearing up of the Bible and disturbing the public peace.
And also convicted a Coptic Christian teacher for insulting Islam:
Luxor’s Misdemeanour Court on Tuesday ordered that a teacher convicted of contempt of religion pay a fine of EGP100, 000, in a verdict handed down by presiding Judge Mohamed El-Tamawi.
Demiana Abdel Nour, a 24-year-old social studies teacher in Luxor, was summoned by the public prosecutor on 8 May after parents of three students at Sheikh Sultan Primary School filed complaints claiming that Abdel Nour insulted Islam and the Prophet Muhammad by saying that the late Pope Shenouda III performed more miracles than the Prophet. They added that she placed her hand on her stomach to convey nausea when mentioning the Prophet.
Interesting that the anti-Christian protest brought a much harsher sentence than the allegedly anti-Muslim statements. But both are absolutely unjust and a violation of basic human rights.