Adel Imam, probably the top comedian in the Arab world for the last forty years (along with Sameer Ghanem who is from a Coptic Background) , is now under threat from Islamists who swept the “Arab Spring” elections. Imam is from a Muslim background and has a light smile surrounding him wherever he went. He is a much loved actor. However, Islamists are now in power, and Imam’s funny acts and jokes are not a welcome sight by Islamists, even though they are much welcomed by most people.
Imam received a three-month jail sentence for insulting Islam in films and plays, a court document showed on Thursday.
Reuters – Imam, who has frequently poked fun at authorities and politicians of all colors during a 40-year career, has one month to appeal the sentence and will remain out of jail until the appeal process is concluded.
The sentence Wednesday evening came weeks after Islamists swept most seats in a parliamentary election. The case was brought by Asran Mansour, a lawyer with ties to Islamist groups, and had languished in court for months, judicial sources said.
Mansour accused the actor of offending Islam and its symbols, including beards and the Jilbab, a loose-fitting garment worn by some Muslims, the Egyptian news portal Ahramonline reported.