Egypt dismisses second Islam defamation case against tycoon
An Egyptian court dismissed a lawsuit Saturday filed by an Islamist lawyer against prominent businessman Naguib Sawiris, accusing him of insulting Islam, dpa reported.
Many conservative Muslims were angered when Sawiris, a Christian, posted on his Twitter account in June an image of Mickey Mouse with a beard and his counterpart, Minnie, wearing a full-face veil.
The court said that there had been no direct personal damage to the plaintiffs, state media reported.
Saturday's verdict comes less than a week after another court dismissed a similar case against Sawiris, over the same cartoon.
Sawiris, a billionaire who founded the liberal Free Egyptians Party after the revolt that forced Hosny Mubarak to step down, has posted an online apology, saying he meant no harm and simply thought the images were amusing, and subsequently deleted the cartoons. Hardline Islamists have rejected his apology.
Parliamentary elections have produced a strong showing for Islamists in Egypt, sparking concerns over freedom among liberals and Copts, who make up some 10 per cent of Egypt's 80 million population.