02 June 2015

Egyptian TV presenter sentenced to prison for 'contempt of religion'

Egyptian TV presenter Islam al-Beheiry has been sentenced to five years in prison with labour for 'contempt of religion.' al-Beheiry presented 'With Islam', a religious talk show that debated such topics as punishment for apostasy (leaving Islam), early marriage and the teachings of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's foremost religious institution, filed accusations against Beheiry that included propagating extremist ideology, insulting Islamic scholars, attempting to destabilize national peace and broadcasting ideas that affect 'the fundamentals of religion'. [Independent Catholic News] Read more