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Trial banning Charlie Hebdo in Egypt postponed to 15 March

Lawsuit argues publication insults Islam’s prophet

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters postponed to 15 March the first trial session of a lawsuit demanding the banning of Paris-based Charlie Hebdo and French magazine Libération, on Sunday.


The lawsuit said that the publications insulted the Prophet, adding that “freedom of speech does not mean insulting the faith of others”, state media reported.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo left nine journalists, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier and two police officers dead, which was later claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP).

The deaths included four of the weekly magazine’s most famous cartoonists.

A video shot from a rooftop of a nearby building shows the assailants carrying out the attack crying “Allahu Akbar” at one point.

Charlie Hebdo’s editorial line is known for its widespread criticism on a range of issues, taking aim at many religions, and is not restricted to Islam. The magazine was previously attacked in 2011, also after poking fun at the Muslim prophet.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi condemned the attack and stressed Egypt’s solidarity with France. Al-Azhar issued a statement condemning the attack, noting that “Islam denounces any violence”.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry joined other world leaders in the “million-man rally” in Paris following the attack.


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