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Egyptian court rejects second of 2 lawsuits against Christian tycoon over Mickey Mouse cartoon
CAIRO (AP) ' An Egyptian court has rejected the second of two lawsuits brought forth by ultraconservative Islamists accusing a Christian tycoon of insulting Islam by posting an online cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie in a face veil.
Judge Sherif Kamel ruled Saturday that the plaintiffs were not eligible to file the religious defamation lawsuit and sent the case back to the state prosecutor's office for further investigation.
Telecom and media mogul Naguib Sawiris had angered Muslim hardliners in June by relaying the cartoon on his Twitter account. It parodied the growing influence of Islamists in Egypt following the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising last year.
The first lawsuit was thrown out earlier this week on similar grounds.