Egyptian Actor Insulted Islam, Court Finds

(New York Times) David D. Kirkpatrick - A Cairo court found Egypt's most popular comic actor guilty on Tuesday of insulting Islam in roles in films mocking religious hypocrisy, alarming liberal-minded artists and intellectuals already anxious about the growing power of Islamists here. The court fined the actor Adel Imam about $170 and gave him a suspended sentence. Imam was convicted for performances in the blockbuster films "The Terrorist," in which he plays a radical Islamist hiding among a moderate, middle-class family, and "Terrorism and Kabab," in which his character becomes enraged at a lazy civil servant pretending to pray to avoid work.

2012-04-27 00:00:00

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