Anchorman’s appeal against 1 year sentence rejected
T.V. anchorman Islam al-Beheiry during his trial

CAIRO: Al-Gamalia Misdemeanor Court rejected Tuesday an appeal submitted by T.V. presenter Islam al-Beheiry’s against a one year sentence on charges of contempt against religion, Youm7 reported.

On Dec. 29, 2015, Islam al-Beheiry’s original 5-year sentence was commuted to one year in prison; a citizen named Mohamed Abdel Salam El-Asran filed the initial lawsuit against Beheiry based on penal code articles that criminalize defamation of religion.

Beheiry was previously acquitted of another charge of contempt of blasphemy. On June 25, he was acquitted, and in May 2015 another lawsuit, which was filed by al-Azhar against Beheiry was rejected by the State Lawsuit Authority for lack of jurisdiction.

Beheriry hosted “With Islam,” a daily show on 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.

Columnist Fatma Naoot appealed a three-year prison sentence she received Jan. 26 for “insulting religion,” after she was accused of mocking Islamic rite of animal slaughtering on her Facebook page in 2014.

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