CAIRO An Egyptian Copt arrested on suspicion of posting online an anti-Islam film that ignited Muslim protests around the world was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison, a court source said
Computer science graduate Alber Saber, 27, was arrested at his Cairo home on September 13 after neighbours accused him of uploading sections of the film "Innocence of Muslims" and making another movie mocking all religions.
Saber can appeal the ruling issued by a Cairo court after paying bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds.
The case has raised concerns over freedom of expression under Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who came to power in free elections earlier this year after the popular uprising in 2011 that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Human right groups including Amnesty International have called for Saber's release.
Prosecutors accused Saber of running Facebook pages calling for atheism, insulting Islam and Christianity and questioning religious beliefs.
The anti-Islam film, made in California, portrayed the Prophet Mohammad as a womaniser, thug and child molester. Crowds stormed U.S. embassies around the Arab world in protest at it. In Libya, the U.S. ambassador was killed by Islamist militants.
Many Christian Copts have been concerned about the political rise of Islamists since Mubarak's fall and fret about any action that could stoke tensions with their Muslim compatriots.
(Reporting By Tamim Elyan; Editing by Giles Elgood)
Trending On Reuters
A photograph of a drowned migrant baby in the arms of a German rescuer was distributed on Monday by a humanitarian organization aiming to persuade European authorities to ensure safe passage to migrants, after hundreds are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week. Full Article
- Outrage mounts over gorilla killing in boy's rescue at Ohio zoo
- Iraqi army storms to edge of Islamic State-held Falluja; fresh bombings hit Baghdad
- Chad's ex-leader Habre, Cold War-era ally of West, gets life in prison for atrocities
- Japan puts military on alert for possible North Korea missile launch
- Reconstruction of ruined palace begins in Kabul