Muslim cleric Ahmed Abdallah, also known as Abu Islam, waves to supporters as he arrives at court in Cairo October 14, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
An Egyptian appeal court has rejected the appeal of radical cleric Abu Islam who was jailed after burning a Bible at a protest.
Abu Islam's sentence, originally set at 11 years in prison, was reduced by the court to five years.
Ahmed Abdullah, a radical TV preacher known as Abu Islam, burned copies of the Bible during a rally against an anti-Islam film outside the US embassy in Cairo on 11 September 2012. He also told the crowd he would send his grandson to urinate on the Bible.
In June, a court sentenced him to 11 years in prison and a LE3,000 fine over the incident. His son, who had been sentenced to eight years and a LE2,000 fine, also saw his sentence reduced on Tuesday, to five years.
In a separate case in July 2013, a court sentenced Abu Islam to three years in prison for offending Christianity.