Amnesty International has issued a press release condemning the four-year sentence handed down today by an Egyptian court, against blogger Karim Amer.
On his blog, he had criticized Egypt’s al-Azhar religious authorities, the country’s President Husni Mubarak, and Islam. Charges against him included “spreading information disruptive of public order and damaging to the country’s reputation”, “incitement to hate Islam” and “defaming the President of the Republic”.
A year ago, he lost his job because of charges against him which had been dismissed. al-Azhar University’s disciplinary board found him guilty of blaspheming Islam.
He had been held for12 days in October 2005 after he wrote about sectarian riots that followed reports that the video of a play, believed to be anti-Islam, was being screened in a Coptic church and that DVDs of the play were on sale there.
He is the first Egyptian blogger to stand trial.
According to his blog profile, he is 22 years old, a law student wanting to open a practice in human rights haw. His blog profile includes lists of music, books and movies he likes.
Among his favourite movies is I Am Not Scared.