Man 'claimed to be Jesus'

An Egyptian man has been detained in Dubai after reportedly claiming in a mosque that he was Jesus Christ. "Prosecutors are questioning the suspect over alleged charges of offending a divine religion," a senior prosecutor told Gulf News. It is unclear as yet whether he will be charged. 

Gulf News says:

According to article 312 of the Federal Penal Code, a suspect faces between one month and three years in jail and/or a fine (set upon a judge's discretion) in case the suspect offends Islam or any of its rituals, curses or offends a religion, promotes and/or encourages adultery or eats pork (applies to Muslim suspects only).

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 29 September 2009.