An Egyptian court has affirmed the four-year jail sentence imposed on blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman for posting writings critical of Islam and the government. The sentencing comes after the Obama Administration caved into pressure from Egypt to support a resolution that recognizes the basis for such blasphemy prosecutions, here.
Suleiman, then 22, was arrested in 2006 for disturbing public order, insulting the head of state and defaming Islam. He was also expelled from al-Azhar University. He has already spent three years in detention.
His arrest is part of a broader sweep of bloggers, including at least 18 members of a protest blogging group.
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