Egypt: Islamic fundamentalist preacher sentenced to a year

And hefty fine for defaming actress Elham Shaheen

18 December, 16:56

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, DECEMBER 18 - Notorious Islamic fundamentalist Egyptian preacher Abdallah Badr was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of 20,000 Egyptian lire (approximately 4,000 euros) for defaming actress Elham Shaheen, Al Masry Al Youm online newspaper reported Tuesday.

    On his show on Al Hafez satellite TV, Badr has called the actress, who has openly denounced Islamic fundamentalists on talk shows, ''a prostitute'' and ''an infidel'' and accused her of being ''lascivious and promiscuous'', the newspaper said.

    Shaheen responded by suing him and TV chief Atef Abdel Rashed for defamation and incitment to hate against artists, contributing to the country's chaos. As soon as the verdict was handed down, Badr supporters tried to storm the courtroom, calling for the judiciary to be ''cleaned up'' and issuing threats against the actress. (ANSAmed).

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