Court rejects fresh religion defamation case against Sawiris

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

As he awaits the verdict of an existing religious defamation case, another lawsuit filed against the Coptic business tycoon over a controversial cartoon he posted online is dismissed

Naguib Sawiris (Photo: Reuters)

Qasr El-Nil Misdemeanour Court in Cairo rejected on Tuesday a religious defamation lawsuit filed against telecommunications tycoon Naguib Sawiris, on the basis that the plaintiffs were ineligible.

A group of Egyptian citizens had attempted to file a lawsuit against him, accusing the public figure of disrespecting Islam, following his actions in June of last year, when the famously-outspoken Coptic Christian businessman posted a cartoon on his official Twitter account showing Mickey Mouse sporting a beard and Minnie Mouse wearing a niqab.

Sawiris is already involved in another lawsuit concerning the posted image, which caused uproar among conservative Muslims last summer. The ongoing lawsuit was filed against Sawiris by ultra-conservative Islamist lawyer and current MP Mamdouh Ismail, and is scheduled for a verdict on 3 March.

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