But the latest consequence of Egypt’s blasphemy laws, Coptic Christian lawyer, Roman Murad Saad was sentenced to 12 months forced labor for “ridiculing Islam’s holy book.” As Saad, a lawyer from southern Egypt, was convicted in absentia, he can be subjected to fines and even be scheduled for re-trial to receive a harsher sentence. According to a report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, between January 25, 2011 and December 31, 2012, 41 percent of all blasphemy cases taken to trial were leveled against members of Egypt’s Christian minority, which constitutes less than 10 percent of the nation’s population.
6/1/2013 Egypt (AP) – An Egyptian court has convicted a Coptic Christian lawyer in the southern province of Assiut on charges of blasphemy and sentenced him to one year in prison with hard labor.
The verdict against Roman Murad Saad was handed down on Saturday. It’s the latest in a surge of blasphemy cases following Egypt’s 2011 uprising.