15 June 2014

Egyptian Teacher Sentenced to Six Months for Insulting Islam

Luxor — An Egyptian court sentenced a teacher to six months on Sunday on charges of insulting religion in front of her students at a Luxor school.

The verdict is final, the state news agency said, adding that the parents of some of her students had complained that the teacher had offended Islam in comparison it to Christianity.

Egyptian author Karam Saber was also sentenced to five years in March on charges of insulting religion in a collection of short stories titled "Where is God?"

After a court struck down his appeal, Saber described the verdict as "shocking" to Aswat Masriya, pointing out that works of literature should not be measured in accordance with religious standards.

An Islamist preacher, known as Abu Islam, was also sentenced to five years in prison last year. The court then reduced his sentenced to six months.

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