Court of Assiut upheld today the ruling on Makarim Diab who was sentenced to six years upon accusing him of defamation of Islamic religion. The court was full of Salafis who, for the second time, threatened the lawyers and prevented a fair trial.
Retrial and a secret session were arranged, but Salafis knew and gathered again threatening the lawyers. The judge, head of Assiut court permitted only a Christian lawyer to inter the court but never allowed him to speak; he was only allowed to present some papers. The trial lasted only for 3 minutes, after that the court upheld the ruling.