Central Cairo Prosecution refers Naguib Sawiris to court for contempt of religion

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Jan 2012

Christian businessman and founder of The Free Egyptians Party will face charges of disrespecting Islam for tweeting a controversial image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse wearing conservative Muslim attire

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Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris (Photo: Reuters)

The Prosecution Office of Central Cairo decided to refer outspoken billionaire Naguib Sawiris to court for contempt of religion on Monday after he published a contraversial cartoon online. 

Islamist lawyer Mamdouh Ismail filed a complaint to the public prosecution office accusing the famously-outspoken Coptic Christian businessman and politician of disrespecting Islam after posting the offending image on his official Twitter account in June 2011. The illustration of Mickey Mouse supporting a beard and Minnie Mouse wearing a niqab caused uproar among conservative Muslims last summer.

The founder of The Free Egyptians Party removed the image shortly after receiving a deluge of complaints and apologised if it was misunderstood assuring his full respect for Islam and Muslims.

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