Abdo Adel Bebawy, 43, was accused in July of publishing a post on his Facebook page that insulted Islam. In his post, Adel had compared Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, with Jesus.
At the time of his original post, friends explained that Abdo was not very literate and did not fully understand what he had posted. Following his arrest, a mob attacked houses owned by Copts and the situation has remained tense ever since.
While the sentence is for three years, many in the community believe the harsh ruling is to prevent more mob violence. A lawyer familiar with the case anticipates that the sentence may be overturned or reduced on appeal. This appeal is expected to be heard in late December.
Sources: International Christian Concern, World Watch Monitor
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