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Complainant appeals blasphemy acquittal of Egyptian TV presenter El-Beheiry

El-Beheiry was acquitted of blasphemy charges, related to a controversial show on Islam that he previously hosted on TV channel Al-Kahera Wal Nas

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Jun 2015
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An Egyptian lawyer appealed on Saturday an earlier acquittal verdict against TV presenter Islam El-Beheiry by a Giza Misdemeanour Court on charges of blasphemy.

On Wednesday, El-Beheiry was acquitted of the charges, which relate to a controversial show on Islam that he previously hosted on TV channel Al-Kahera Wal Nas.

Lawyer Mamdouh Abdel-Gawad, who had filed the case against Beheiry in the first place, filed an appeal against the acquittal with the general prosecution on Saturday. The prosecutor is yet to rule on the appeal request.

Last May, in a separate case filed by another lawyer, Mohamed Abdel-Salam, El-Beheiry received a five-year sentence, also on charges of blasphemy. The TV presenter appealed the verdict and was released on bail.

Up to 48 legal complaints have been filed against El-Beheiry over views he expressed on his show, With Islam.

In April, Egypt's highest Sunni authority Al-Azhar also filed a complaint with Egypt’s General Authority for Investment and Free Zones requesting it stop airing El-Beheiry's show.

Al-Azhar accused the presenter of leading a “fierce” campaign against the foundations of Islam and Islamic heritage.

Shortly afterwards, Al-Kahera Wal Nas cancelled the show.

El-Beheiry's show tackled controversial issues such as punishments for apostasy, early marriage, and different interpretations of the Hadith, the sayings and teachings of Islam's Prophet Mohamed. 

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Sam Enslow
27-06-2015 08:25pm
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Rumi, Khayyam
The Salafi, Saudi Arabia's gift to Egypt, seem to forget that all those terrible punishments described in Islam are followed by the phrase, Mercy is better.' They forget that God is ' the most Merciful and all Compassionate.' Omar Khayyam's poetry discusses questions we all have at one time or another. He is still the man most feared by the Iranian dictatorship. Rumi's poetry is about a beloved God and forgiveness we get from God and should give to others. Rumi's Islam is about Hope, Love, Peace, and how to enjoy, be happy, with all the gifts God gave you. 'God gave you wings. Why do you crawl through life?"
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Aladdin, Alex
27-06-2015 07:59pm
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Great Theft of Islam
Mr. Behery is opening our eyes and minds to the truth about our faith. It is historical fact that the prophet(SAWS)ancestors were hard core criminals. Remember the original Shehada and nothing else. Allah and rasouloh.
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Yes to the Glorious Quran - NO to the Blasphemy of
27-06-2015 07:32pm
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Allah-o-Akbar! Thank God he was acquitted!
Now put the people who pray to the books of Taqî ad-Dîn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah to trial instead! Our Prophet left us the BOOK and then a bunch of imposters during the centuries, write their own "books" with fake and totally UNPROVEN Hadiths in order to get the possibility to take Slaves, cut of the heads of civilians, to indulge in female Trafficking, to lie, murder, rape and impose their pathological viewes on everybody. PUT THEM ON TRIAL - even if they are millions (and they ARE unfortunately)
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expat
27-06-2015 06:44pm
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it seems,there is no shortage..
of educated MBs and Salafeen lawyers in this country just imagine,what all this useless force might be doing,if they actually would be working,constructing or even only healing... but this concrete heads of the "faith" just try to keep their flock in the stone age,where their own views about islam come from
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Yasmina
27-06-2015 06:30pm
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Intellectual and Spiritual Growth
El-Beheiry has not campaigned against the foundations of Islam and Islamic heritage as accused. Instead he has researched the foundations and discovered a more loving and tolerant form of the faith that he is trying to make the public aware of. El-Beheiry's message should be explored and studied by all and in good faith instead of hanging on to a form that may not be correct and has not done anything to bring all Egyptians together.
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