Egyptian actor Adel Imam wins appeal in defaming Islam case

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Sep 2012

Court clears Egyptian actor Adel Imam of defaming Islam in his films on day after protests flair in Cairo and Benghazi over anti-Islam film

Egyptian actor Adel Imam wins appeal in defaming Islam case
Snapshot of Adel Imam starring in the 'Terrorist' in 1994

Adel Imam, the well-known Egyptian actor, won his appeal on Wednesday against a conviction for defaming Islam in a number of his films.

The judge at the Misdemeanours Court in Haram, Cairo said he had watched the films in question and ruled they did not defame Islam.

Imam had earlier been sentenced to three months in jail and fined around $170 for defaming Islam in roles he played in The Terrorist, in which he played a wanted terrorist who found refuge with a moderate, middle class family and Terrorism and Kabab.

The actor was also found guilty for his 2007 role in Morgan Ahmed Morgan, in which he played a corrupt businessman who tries to buy a university diploma. The film includes a scene parodying bearded Muslim men wearing traditional Islamic clothing.

The case is one of many brought by conservative lawyers in recent months seeking to punish individuals they deem to have offended Islam. Earlier this year, two courts rejected blasphemy cases against Christian media mogul, Naguib Sawiris, after he posted a cartoon on Twitter of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie wearing a face veil.

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