Malawian Man Sentenced For Wrongly Predicting End Of The World

06/13/2011 10:18 am ET | Updated Nov 15, 2011

It's bad enough that the world didn't end on May 21 for followers of Christian fringe group leader Harold Camping, but things got worse for a Malawian disciple who pleaded guilty for distributing false leaflets about the end of the world.

Saduki Mwambene, a 39-year-old bicycle repairman, got six month suspended sentence for distributing pamphlets about Camping's doomsday predictions, Agence France Presse reported on June 12.

"Police opened a case for him for circulating false documents that threatened the peace and security of citizens," an official with the magistrate's court in Chitipa district told the AFP.

A judge released Mwamben on bail, but ordered him to come back for a hearing after May 21 to prove that he'd given out wrong apocalyptic information.

Camping, who suffered a stroke over the weekend, became a short-lived media sensation in the run-up to May 21 -- the day he said would be the Rapture.

HIs followers plastered the cities in the U.S. and around the world with billboards proclaiming that humanity's time on Earth was short.