The Associated Press reports that Cairo’s Nasr City Court has convicted a Muslim cleric for burning a Bible. In a country where the law forbidding denigration of Islam, Judaism and Christianity is used usually to prosecute Christians, Sunday’s verdict was a rare case where it was applied against a Muslim.
Ahmed Abdullah ripped and burned a Bible during a Sept. 11 protest against an American-made anti-Islam video. His son was also found guilty. The two were fined 5,000 Egyptian pounds, about US $700.
The father was also sentenced to eight years in prison, but the judge suspended the prison time.