Preacher sentenced to one year in jail for defaming actress

The Zaweya al-Hamra Court sentenced Abdallah Badr Monday to one year in prison and ordered him to pay a LE20,000 fine for defaming prominent actress Elham Shaheen.

Badr, a presenter for the Islamist satellite channel Al-Hafez, had called Shaheen a “prostitute” and an “infidel,” and also accused her of being “promiscuous, naked and lascivious,” according to clips shown to the court by the Public Prosecution.

In response, Shaheen filed a lawsuit against Badr and Al-Hafez head Atef Abdel Rashed, accusing them of incitement, spreading chaos and disturbing public security.

In court sessions, Actors Syndicate head Ashraf Abdel Ghafour said he was surprised by Badr’s statements against Shaheen, adding that he suffered psychological damage because of the preacher’s comments.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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