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Egyptian court upholds three year jail sentence for writer Fatma Naoot

Naoot had questioned the practice of slaughtering sheep as part of the Islamic feast of Eid Al-Adha

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 31 Mar 2016
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Egyptian writer Fatma Naoot (Photo courtesy of Fatma Naoot's Facebook account)
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A Cairo misdemeanour court upheld Thursday a three-year jail sentence handed down on Egyptian writer Fatma Naoot for contempt of religion. 

In January, Naoot was sentenced to three years in prison and fined EGP 20,000 (over $2550) after being found guilty of charges related to blasphemy.

The misdemeanor court rejected an appeal by Naoot's defence team Thursday against the sentence, upholding the sentence and the fine. Neither Naoot nor her defence team attended today's court session.  

On Wednesday, Naoot said on her official Facebook account she was travelling to Canada to attend the "The First Egyptian-Canadian Conference in Toronto," where several issues including blasphemy laws and freedom of expression would be discussed, according to the writer.

However, Naoot's lawyer Sherif Adib told Ahram Online that Naoot will still present an appeal document in ten days. 

If the court rejects the yet to be presented appeal document, Naoot will appeal the sentence before of Court of Cassation. 

The self-professed secularist was convicted on the basis of a Facebook post she wrote in October 2015 criticising on ethical grounds the Eid Al-Adha tradition of slaughtering sheep.

"[It's] a yearly massacre because a good man once had a nightmare about his good son, and although the nightmare has passed for the good man and his son, the [sheep] pay their lives as a price for that holy nightmare," Naoot also wrote in an article in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

During questioning, Naoot acknowledged writing the Facebook post but denied that her aim was to insult Islam. Naoot argued that humans justified their lust for killing and enjoying the smell of game cooking by attempting to bestow a divine meaning on their actions.

The writer is the second public figure to be convicted of blasphemy in the past few months. In December, TV host and researcher Islam Behery was sentenced to one year in prison for "contempt of religion" after questioning orthodox Islamic beliefs on his now-suspended TV show on Al-Qahera Wal-Nas channel.

 

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Ali
01-04-2016 05:38am
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Hypocritical Governments
When would Arab Governments, pretending to be Islamic, stop pretending and realize that their fake adherence to 'religious values' is simply .. Fake! What they don't realize is that everyone outside their sand hole, where they hide their heads from reality, sees through their fake Forehead zebiba stamps. They get hung-up on religious minutia and trivial matters but overlook major sins such as torturing, killing, and bombing civilians every day. The more hypocritical an Islamist system is the more intolerant to marginal mishaps and the more blind to real human suffering!
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Karim
01-04-2016 02:43am
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Dark people
Egyptian is becoming dark people. Wake up great Egyptian people. First of all you have to love your land and give free of speech to each Egyptian
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M omsri
31-03-2016 11:25pm
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There is no god
I dare you you to publish this -censors.
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neil
31-03-2016 05:34pm
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ignorant,insecure, are same thing
I am very confident in my religious beliefs, after many years of independent study. This means that someone could challenge my beliefs, even 'insult' them,and I would not be the least be'offended'or feel threatened. People who do react this way, are 'opinionated': their beliefs are so shallow, that when they can't defend them reasonably, their reaction is anger, shouting at their opponent, even violence. In this case, Max Weber defined the 'State' as the 'monopoly of the legitimate use of force'. I leave it for the reader to decide if state violence against women who post comments on Facebook is in accordance with Egypt's constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression. Personally, I would refute this woman's statement with the historical facts behind human and animal sacrifice. I would also point out that every 'ritual' I have witnessed appeared to be carried out with a butter knife.
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Micha
31-03-2016 05:26pm
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Uncivilized
Uncivilized judges, uncivilized law, uncivilized.....
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Al
31-03-2016 03:41pm
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slaughtering sheep or people!
The kangaroo Egyptian courts go ballistic for a religious myth about slaughtering sheep (which is not Islamic but Ibrahimian), but they turn a blind eye when the corrupt police state tortures and kills civilians! where is the the logic in police-state Egypt?
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