CAIRO: Cairo Court of Appeal refused Tuesday an appeal filed by plaintiff Mohammed Afifi to change the judge after he was added as a defendant in the case.
Afifi, who had filed a claim against columnist Fatma Naoot for allegedly insulting Islam, was also fined 1,000 EGP ($ 131.04) by the court. The court had added Afifi as a defendant, accusing him of insulting of a public figure, which he had said was defamation.
Naoot’s trial began Jan. 28 for remarks she made regarding animal sacrifices; in October 2014 she wrote a Facebook post in which she expressed her disagreement with the traditional practice of publicly slaughtering animals during the Islamic Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and described it as the “biggest massacre.”
Responding to the accusation, Naoot told The Cairo Post in December that she respects all religions, and “everyone who searches for the divine,” but she does “not respect those who trade in the name of religion.”
She also commented about her triual saying, “I stress that I respect the Egyptian judiciary and the prosecution that referred my case… and whatever the result will be, it is going to be a simple price for [me] so as not to be fake.”