4 months jail for 2 Yemeni men who defamed Islam

December 13, 2006 18:09


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A Yemeni court on Wednesday sentenced an editor and journalist from a weekly newspaper to four months in prison for reprinting the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. It was the third sentence against journalists handed down over the past few weeks over the cartoons controversy. The cartoons, which were printed first in Denmark then in several European papers, raised outrage in the Muslim world because they satirized Islam's prophet as violent and backwards. Several Yemeni papers also printed the cartoons, apparently to show what the controversy. The court sentenced editor Abdel Karim Sabra and journalist Abdel Rahman Al-Abed, both from the weekly Al-Hurriyah, to four months in prison for "defaming the prophet" and forbade them from writing for two months.

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