Egyptian Christian Teacher Sentenced for Blasphemy
By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent
CAIRO, EGYPT (Worthy News)– An Egyptian appeals court has upheld the blasphemy conviction of a Coptic Christian living in exile, sentencing her to six months in prison and overturning an earlier ruling that only imposed a fine, according to Yahoo News.
The appellate court in Luxor ruled Sunday that elementary school teacher Dimyana Abdel-Nour had indeed insulted Islam in front of her pupils, according to Egypt‘s state news agency.
Abdel-Nour was convicted of blasphemy last year and ordered to pay a fine of about $14,000(US); she appealed, but so did the prosecution that successfully argued that her crime called for prison time in addition to a fine.
Abdel-Nour has been incognito while her appeal wound through the serpentine Egyptian legal system, according to Safwat Samaan, chairman of Nation Without Borders, a human rights group in Luxor. Samaan said Al-Nour was prepared to permanently become a refugee if her case wasn’t dismissed.
“She has been in France since the case started. If she is sentenced, she will apply for a political asylum.”
Al-Nour’s nightmare began last year when several Muslims accused her of blaspheming Islam and its prophet. Their accusations stemmed from a lesson about Egyptian history and ancient religion even though it was part of the official school curriculum.