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Egyptian comedian sentenced to jail for offending Islam

CAIRO –One of the Arab world’s best-known comedians was sentenced to three months in jail for offending Islam on Thursday, just weeks after Islamist parties won a majority in parliament.

A judge, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, told The Associated Press that Adel Imam was convicted in absentia of “defaming Islam.” His whereabouts were unknown, the AP reported.

A lawyer with ties to Islamist groups, Asran Mansour, brought the case, judicial sources told The Guardian.

“I think the lawyer who filed the case against Imam is taking advantage of the current circumstances with Islamists gaining power in Egypt,” Nabil Abdel Fattah, an analyst and researcher at al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, told the newspaper.

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