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Egyptian student, 21, sentenced to 3 years in jail for atheism

Posted by doctore0 on January 12, 2015

A 21-year-old Egyptian student has been sentenced to three years in jail for insulting Islam after he announced on Facebook that he is an atheist, his lawyer said Sunday.

Karim al-Banna’s own father testified against him, alleging his son was “embracing extremist ideas against Islam.” He was jailed by a court in the Nile Delta province of Baheira on Saturday, the Agence France-Presse reported.

“He was handed down a three-year prison sentence, and if he pays a bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($140), the sentence can be suspended until a verdict is issued by an appeals court,” Banna’s lawyer, Abdel Nabi, said.

An appeal is scheduled for March 9.
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