Elham Shahin vs the Sheikh: TV preacher sent behind bars for 'public blasphemy'

Published December 19th, 2012 - 09:39 GMT
Elham Shahin is happy with the result of her first court case against Abdullah Badr
Elham Shahin is happy with the result of her first court case against Abdullah Badr

This week a controversial court case in Egypt has sent shockwaves through the Arab entertainment world as TV's Islamist preacher Sheikh Abdullah Badr has reportedly been sentenced to a year behind bars for the 'public blasphemy' of Egyptian actress Elham Shahin. 

The famous duo have been trading insults  for the best part of this year since Elham's anti-Islamist views unleashed a torrent of televised abuse from the preacher.

Abdullah publicly accused the actress of "teaching girls adultery and nudity"  in her movies and went even further to say that, unless she publicly repents, she will be going straight to hell when she dies. 

And the preacher didn't stop there. Back in August he held up a photo of Elham during a live TV appearance and said: "This is called adultery".

Now, not only has Abdullah been sentenced to a year in jail for his crimes, he is also said to have been slapped with a huge fine of 20 thousand Egyptian pounds. 

And the bad news doesn't end there for the preacher. This is just the first round of the trial with a number of pending lawsuits filed by the Egyptian diva yet to be dealt with. 

According to Middle East news portal Elaph, Elham is over the moon with the results and is not-so-quietly confident that the rest of the lawsuits will swing in her favor too. 

 


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