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Islamic Lawyers Demand Jailing of Actress over Magazine Cover

December 27, 1995

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Two Islamic fundamentalist lawyers demanded in court Wednesday that one of Egypt’s most famous actresses be imprisoned for appearing ``almost naked″ in magazine cover photos.

The case brought in a misdemeanor court in the Nile Delta is the latest by fundamentalist lawyers opposed to films, books and even movie posters which they say violate Islamic standards.

The suit by Abdel-Fatah el-Waraky and Ayman Abul-Fetouh charges pictures of the actress Yousra in the weekly Arabic magazine Cinema and People violate Egypt’s publications law.

``The picture is scandalous, almost naked, which goes completely against morals, art, the law and the Islamic laws,″ the attorneys said in their written presentation to the court.

Yousra’s two pictures on the magazine cover are tame by Western standards, showing her in silk negligees with her arms and legs bare.

The lawyers also accused three of the magazine’s editors of violating the law, which allows prison sentences of up to two years and fines up to $147 for distributing indecent publications or pictures.

The court in Damanhour, 80 miles north of Cairo, took no action Wednesday, adjourning the case to Feb. 4, lawyer el-Waraky told The Associated Press. He and Abul-Fetouh are from Damanhour.

The pictures in question were scenes from Yousra’s latest film, ``Birds of Darkness.″ The movie is one of several with comedian Adel Imam that speak out against Islamic extremism.

A campaign by Muslim radicals to impose Islamic rule in Egypt has left more than 870 people dead since 1992.

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