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Egypt’s worrying rise in criminal blasphemy cases

Headline Title:  Egypt’s worrying rise in criminal blasphemy cases 11 June 2013 Criminal “defamation of religion” charges must be dropped in a number of cases across Egypt, Amnesty International said today after a teacher was convicted for insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in the classroom. A Luxor court on Tuesday fined Coptic Christian teacher Dimyana Obeid Abd Al Nour 100,000 Egyptian pounds (approx. US$14,000) for allegedly insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad during one of her classes. It also referred compensation claims to civil court. Her criminal conviction bodes…

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