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Egyptian film star Adel Imam sentenced to 3 months in jail for 'defaming Islam'
Egypt's top comedy actor receives jail term with hard labour for his portrayal of Muslim characters on stage and screen
Ahram Online, Thursday 2 Feb 2012
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Egyptian actor Adel Imam (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egyptian comedy star Adel Imam has been sentenced to three months in jail with hard labour and fined LE1,000 for “defaming Islam” in some of the roles he has played.

The case against Imam was filed by Asran Mansour who accused the actor of offending Islam and its symbols, including the Jilbab – a loose fitting garment worn by some Muslims – and beards, in the film Morgan Ahmed Morgan and the play Al-Zaeem (The Leader).

Imam is considered Egypt’s biggest film star with 40 years of box office hits and plays under his belt.

The actor was sentenced in absentia.

Egyptian telecommunications and construction tycoon Naguib Sawiris, a founder of the liberal Free Egyptians political party, is facing similar charges of allegedly defaming Islam after he posted pictures of Mickey and Minnie Mouse wearing Islamic clothing on Twitter.



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DG
05-02-2012 03:11pm
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Be realistic!
1. Adel Imam is an actor and the actor's job is to do what he's told to do, this called acting. 2. The religion was made for people to follow the rules of God and only God can judge. 3. Religion is to be used to get closer to God, to become a better human being and not as a weapon to condemn someone because his characters are considered blasphemous. To be blasphemous is not a crime but a lack of education and a sin. There are many other more important matters that happen in this country that should be considered as leaving a husband beating his wife the street and nobody does anything, because that is considered his right. Women are human beings like men and have the same rights as all the living creatures created by God as the animals are as well. Everyone is entitled to be protected and respected, so start considering things that really matter and not an offense to a religion. You asked for democracy, the freedom of expression is part of the democracy what has just been done to Ade
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kaouther
02-02-2012 11:31pm
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the case was brought forward before the islamists were in power
for those blaming the islamists, what the article has failed to include is when the actors case was put forward, which was prior to the revolution and when the islamists were still either in jail or underground
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TT
24-04-2012 11:03pm
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We are doomed
but the verdict came out after the islamists came to power. if this is how our country will be ruled, we are doomed
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Lyn
02-02-2012 10:36pm
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Can you believe this!
Looks like the start of a new Egypt.
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JoelB
02-02-2012 08:56pm
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No surprise here...
...what with the Islamists taking over the Egyptian government.
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patkar
02-02-2012 06:25pm
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a total lack of sense of humor
sure A Imam jocked the islamists, but so what ? He is a great actor and making fun is not forbidden, why did the people laugh ? I claim he is inocent of any ill intention.
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Mohamed
02-02-2012 03:56pm
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This is just silly.
If the post-Mubarak government keeps doing things like this, they can forget about ever recovering the GDP (about 11%) from tourism that has been lost since January 2011 . Europeans do NOT visit and spend money in a country that they think is more like Saudi Arabia than Europe. Cairo used to be "Paris on the Nile" but is quickly becoming "Jeddah West".
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medo
02-02-2012 01:27pm
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world gone crazy
This actor has made so much money for the Egyptian economy, making people want to go to the cinema and watch his films.... and we sentence him to prison for doing so? This shows Egypt in a totally new light!!!
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nobody
02-02-2012 01:10pm
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Religions don't deserve special treatment. It is time to reverse the prevailing notion that religious commitment is intrinsically deserving of respect.
"It is because age, ethnicity and disability are not matters of choice that people should be protected from discrimination premised upon them. By contrast, nothing that people choose in the way of politics, lifestyle or religion should be immune from criticism and (when, as so often it does, it merits it) ridicule." - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2006/oct/19/acgrayling
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Mo
02-02-2012 10:20pm
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Faith Derision Not Allowed
On the contrary, a total respect to all religions is much more civilised
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Gigi
02-02-2012 12:10pm
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Democracy
So much for free speech and democracy then. Witness the start of Egypt's decent into religious totalitarianism.
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