Writer Fatima Naoot jailed for posting “Happy Massacre” on Eid al-Adha in Egypt

Cairo: An Egyptian court today jailed a female writer for three years for insulting Islam after she criticised the slaughter of animals during a major religious festival, a judicial official said.

Fatima Naoot went on trial last year after she wrote “Happy Massacre” on her Facebook page in October 2014 during Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice.

A Cairo court today found her guilty of having “insulted Islam” and sentenced her to three years in jail. She was also ordered to pay a fine of 2,000 Egyptian pounds (USD 255).

“I’m not sad about the sentencing as I don’t care about going to jail. I’m sad that the efforts of reformists have been wasted,” Naoot told AFP.

Her lawyer said he would appeal the sentence.