Cairo University head faces charges for banning niqab

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 Dec 2010

Egypt court orders university head to step down from his post

An Egyptian court sentenced Hossam Kamel, head of Cairo University, to a three month detention and a EGP 200,000 fine yesterday, and ordered him to step down from his position as head of Cairo University.  The sentence came after Kamel refrained from applying the court's decision to allow niqab-wearing women to pursue their teaching careers at the university.

Kamel said today that he has just been informed of charges filed against him, and has said he will take legal measures to defend his case.

A female professor at the university had filed a case against Kamel, demanding compensation for damages incurred as a result of the ban. The lawyer defending niqab-wearing women today said that they were willing to reconcile with Kamel and withdraw charges if he allows them to continue teaching.   

The university has been tangled in several court cases since it issued a decision to ban the niqab on campus.   

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