CAIRO: A court in Egypt jailed an Egyptian Christian for six years on Tuesday for disrespecting Prophet Mohammad and for insulting Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on social networking sites, a judicial source said.
Beshoi al-Beheiry, from the province of Sohag in central Egypt, was sentenced by a criminal court to three years for defaming Islam after posting offensive cartoons on Facebook, the source said.
Beheiry, a teacher, was sentenced to an additional two years for insulting Morsi and one year for insulting the person who brought a lawsuit against him over the cartoons.
The sentence comes amid tensions over a recent film produced by Christian activists in the United States that mocks Islam and that sparked Muslim protests in some 20 countries. (AFP)