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Egypt: ‘Outrageous’ guilty verdict in blasphemy case an assault on free expression

Headline Title:  Egypt: ‘Outrageous’ guilty verdict in blasphemy case 12 December 2012 An Egyptian activist has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of “defamation of religion”, a conviction Amnesty International called an outrageous assault on freedom of expression.The court in Cairo found Alber Saber Ayad, a 27-year-old computer science graduate and activist, guilty of disseminating material on the internet that defamed religions. He is expected to be released on a bail of EG£1,000 (US$160) on Thursday 13 December pending his appeal. Amnesty International…

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