Coptic Tycoon Still in Islamist Crosshairs (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 02/28/12)
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An Egyptian court on Tuesday dismissed a case filed against a
prominent Coptic Christian tycoon accused of insulting Islam.
The court said the plaintiff had no legal standing to bring the case
against telecommunications magnate Naguib Sawiris for posting a
cartoon of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in conservative Islamic
Sawiris, the head of Orascom Telecom who and founder of the liberal
Free Egyptians party, had reposted the cartoon on Twitter and joked
that the cartoon characters would be forced to wear a long beard and
a face veil if Islamists took power.
Sawiris later apologized for the posting.
The plaintiff was fined 50 Egyptians pounds (about eight dollars) for
filing the case.
However, the official MENA news agency reported another trial for
Sawiris on the same charge of ´insulting religion´ was expected to
reach a verdict on March 3.
The plaintiff in that case is MP Mamduh Ismail, an Islamist lawyer
for the ultra-conservative Salafi Al-Nour party.
Al-Nour came second to the Islamist but more moderate Freedom and
Justice Party in a three-round election that began in November,
leaving parliament with an Islamist majority for the first time in
The liberal coalition that included Sawirisís Free Egyptians party
won around 15 percent of the vote. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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