Egyptian teacher Sheikh Yussef Al Badri said Thursday that he was lodging an official complaint against eight intellectuals for alleged defamation.
"I have filed a complaint with the prosecutor-general against eight people who have written that I am a Salafist, an enemy of the freedom of thought, and a new Inquisition," Badri said.
"When my complaint is accepted, I will then institute proceedings and claim compensation from them," he added.
Badri listed the eight as; Gaber Asfur and Ezzat Al Qamhawi, editors at Akhbar Literature; Mohammed Sheir, a journalist at the publication; writer Gamal Al Ghitani; Ussama Saraya, editor in chief of Al Ahram; the daily's editorial writer Nabil Omar; poet Ahmed Abdel Moeti Hegazi, and activist Nasser Amin, director of the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary.
Ghitani said that Badri's move was "nothing more than a witch hunt on intellectuals" carried out by "those opposed to progress in society and the freedom of thought.
"We reserve the right to lodge a counter-complaint against Sheikh Badri for defamation," he said, and warned: "Such incitement could lead to fanatics taking action against us."
Badri recently obtained a ruling against the poet Hegazi, obliging him to pay 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,500) in compensation for defamation for likening him to a Jewish fanatic.
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