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Author Gets Suspended Sentence

July 9, 2000

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ An Egyptian author was sentenced Saturday to a suspended six-month jail term for writing books that offend Islam.

Salah-Eddine Mohsen’s sentence is lenient; a conviction for offending religion usually carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Mohsen was indicted, among other things, for writing that the Quran, Islam’s holy book, was outdated. But during the trial he told the court that he was a believer and that he did not mean to offend Islam or negate its basic tenets.

Under Egyptian law, Mohsen can be immediately imprisoned for any similar future offense.

Mohsen is not widely known, but has written several books, including ``Trembling of Enlightenment″ and ``A Night Talk with Heaven.″

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