Egyptian gets three years jail for Facebook Islam

An Egyptian court sentenced a man to three years in jail with hard labour for insulting Islam in postings on Facebook.

Updated: Oct 22, 2011, 23:46 PM IST

Cairo: An Egyptian court sentenced a man
to three years in jail with hard labour on Saturday for insulting
Islam in postings on Facebook, the official MENA news agency
reported.

The Cairo court found that Ayman Yusef Mansur
"intentionally insulted the dignity of the Islamic religion
and attacked it with insults and ridicule on Facebook," the
agency reported.

The court said his insults were "aimed at the Noble
Koran, the true Islamic religion, the Prophet of Islam and his
family and Muslims, in a scurrilous manner," the agency
reported.

It did not provide details on what he had written that
was deemed to be offensive.

Mansur was arrested in August after police tracked him
down through his internet address.

Egyptian law outlaws insults to religion. The law has
been used in the past to try Shiite Muslims.

MENA did not mention Mansur`s religion or beliefs, but
quoted the court as saying that "all members of religions are
obligated to tolerate the others` existence."

In 2007, a court sentenced blogger Kareem Amer to jail
for insulting the Muslim prophet and then president Hosni
Mubarak. He was released last year.

PTI