CAIRO: Controversial TV anchor Islam al-Behery was released on bail of 50,000 EGP ($6,380) after he appealed a five-year prison term and his trial was postponed to Dec. 28, Youm7 reported.
In May, Old Cairo Court Misdemeanor Court sentenced el-Behery to five years in prison over charges of defaming religion. The verdict was based on a lawsuit filed by a citizen named Mohamed Abdel Salam El-Asran, based on some Penal Codes articles that criminalize defamation of religion.
Article 98F in the Egyptian Penal Code stipulates that those who use religion in speech, writing or any means to “instigate strife and division, or disdain and contempt for any of the revealed religions or the sects belonging thereto” will be sentenced to not less than six months and up to five years in prison.
Behery hosted “With Islam,” a daily show on the private TV channel Al Kahera Wal Nas, providing his interpretation of Islam. His opinions stirred controversy for questioning the credibility of the sources of the Hadith, (Prophet Muhammad’s sayings;) the second basic reference for Islamic teachings after the Quran.