(MSNBC) — One of the Arab world’s best-known comedians was sentenced to three months in jail for offending Islam on Thursday, just weeks after Islamist parties won a majority in parliament.

A judge, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, told The Associated Press that Adel Imam was convicted in absentia of “defaming Islam.” His whereabouts were unknown, the AP reported.

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