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Egyptian Court Upholds Jail For Actor Convicted Of Defaming Islam

UNHCR Goodwill ambassador Egyptian Adel Imam (left) in a 2007 photo while touring Syrian schools to check the conditions of Iraqi students in Damascus.
A court in Cairo has upheld a three-month jail sentence against actor Adel Imam on charges of defaming Islam.

The 71-year-old Egyptian comedian, who also is a UN goodwill ambassador, was sentenced in absentia in February.

Dubbed the Arab world's Charlie Chaplin, Imam has a long history of legal tangles with Islamists, who regard his work as blasphemous.

The latest case is connected to his 1994 film "Al-Irhabi" (The Terrorist) in which he portrays an Islamic fundamentalist, and his 1985 comedy "Al-Zaeem" (The Leader), in which Imam pokes fun at autocratic leaders in the Middle East.

Imam is expected to appeal the verdict.

Based on reporting by AFP and Al-Arabiya