Egyptian TV preacher gets 5 years for insulting actress

Al-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Monday 24 Jun 2013

Egyptian preacher convicted of 'insulting' film icon Elham Shahin on his TV show last year receives another 5-year jail term for slandering popular actress

Egypt TV Sheikh

A Cairo misdemeanour court on Monday sentenced Islamic preacher Abdallah Badr to five years in prison and a LE20,000 fine for broadcasting fabricated images of Egyptian actress Elham Shahin on his television programme.

The sentencing comes as the result of Shahin's second lawsuit against Badr.

Last December, a court sentenced the preacher to one year in jail and a LE20,000 fine for "insulting" the actress on his show, which airs on the religious Al-Hafez television channel, when he accused her of "promoting immorality."

Following December's verdict, an Egyptian administrative court ordered that Badr's television programme, Fi Al-Mizan ('In the balance'), be taken off air for a 30-day period.

The popular actress claimed that Badr had attacked her publicly after she voiced fears about Egypt's Islamist political current.

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