A Coptic Christian teacher in Egypt has been convicted of blasphemy—based on three children in her class who said that she “showed disgust” when talking about Islam in class. She will not receive prison time, but has received a fine the equivalent of $14,000 USD.
By Hagag Salama
06/11/2013 Egypt (AP)- An Egyptian court has convicted a Coptic Christian teacher of blasphemy but didn’t hand down a prison sentence and only imposed a fine on her.
The court on Tuesday ruled that elementary schoolteacher Dimyana Abdel-Nour had insulted Islam. It ordered that she pay a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,000). Abdel-Nour was not in the courtroom for the verdict.
The case in the ancient southern city of Luxor began when three parents said their 10-year-olds complained at home, saying their teacher showed disgust when she spoke of Islam in class.
Angry Islamists protested the verdict outside the courthouse.
Egypt has witnessed a surge in blasphemy charges in recent months, widely seen as a reflection of the growing power of Islamists.
Blasphemy became a criminal offense under Egypt’s new, Islamist-backed constitution.