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Offensive Mickey Mouse cartoon lawsuit dismissed in Egypt

Naguib Sawiris, a Christian tycoon, had angered by relaying a cartoon of Mickey Mouse in a beard as a parody of Islamist influence since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

CAIRO // An Egyptian court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by an ultraconservative Muslim accusing a Christian tycoon of insulting Islam.

Telecom and media mogul Naguib Sawiris had angered Muslim hardliners by relaying a cartoon of Mickey Mouse in a beard and Minnie wearing a veiled garment on his Twitter account as a parody about the growing influence of Islamists since the removal of Hosni Mubarak from power.

A Cairo court threw out the case and also fined the plaintiff less than US$10 (Dh36.7) for the court's time over the matter.

After Mubarak's topple in a popular uprising last year, Mr Sawiris launched a political party that is now part of a liberal coalition in the newly elected parliament.

After the cartoon was posted in June, he tweeted an apology and removed the post.