TV sheikh gets year jail sentence for insulting Egyptian actress

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Dec 2012

Misdemeanour court sets bail at LE20,000 for Islamic preacher Abdullah Badr after he said actress Elham Shahin 'will never enter heaven' on his TV program on El-Hafez channel

Sheikh Abdullah Badr (Photo: snapshot from Al-Hafez TV channel)

A Cairo misdemeanour court sentenced Islamic preacher Sheikh Abdullah Badr to a year in jail and set bail at LE20,000, for insulting well-known Egyptian actress Elham Shahin.

The popular actress filed a lawsuit last September against Badr after he criticised the actress during his TV show on El-Hafez channel, saying that "Elham Shahin is cursed and she will never enter heaven."

Shahin claimed Badr attacked her publically after she made a statement expressing her fear of the Islamic political current and said that she would not vote for Islamic political parties in the elections. 

In recent months, several public figures have filed lawsuits against religious preachers accusing them of defamation.

Last November, Masr El-Gedida TV host and Salafist preacherKhaled Abdullah, known for vocal criticism of liberals and protesters, was taken off the air for 25 days by Egyptian courts. 

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