Egyptian Sheikh Al Badri files defamation complaint

Egyptian teacher Sheikh Yussef Al Badri said that he was lodging an official complaint against eight intellectuals for alleged defamation.

Egyptian Sheikh Al Badri files defamation complaint
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.


AFP
Last Mod: 17 Ağustos 2007, 17:46
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