Writer’s lawyer files official appeal to blasphemy conviction

The lawyer representing columnist Fatema Naout filed an appeal with the al-Khalifa Misdemeanor Court on Wednesday against a three-year jail term and a LE20,000 fine handed down to his client for blasphemy.
Adib said he would await the rationale behind the verdict in order to argue against it in his appeal.
Naout was found guilty of insulting Islam after one of her Facebook posts in 2014 described the Islamic ritual of slaughtering sheep and distributing their meat to the poor during the Eid al-Adha feast as a “massacre”.
She had told interrogators that her comment was meant as a humorous metaphor.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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