Cairo: Man gets 3 years in jail for insulting religion

December 13, 2012 02:23


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A Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced a non-practicing Christian to three years in prison for insulting religion, The New York Times reported, raising concern about the future prospects of freedom of expression in the country.

According to the report, the defendant, Albert Saber, was accused of circulating the "Innocence of Muslims" video that set off widespread anti-American protests across the Islamic world. He also was charged for other anti-religion statements investigators uncovered on his computer.

The conviction comes days before Egypt holds a national referendum on its new, Islamist-drafted constitution, the content of which has sparked violent demonstrations throughout the country over fears the document will not protect minorities.

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