Egypt jails Scientologists - 2002-03-04
CAIRO, March 4 (UPI) -- In the latest incident of religious discrimination to take place in Egypt, two members of the Church of Scientology are being held in detention by Egyptian authorities under charges of "contempt of religion" trying to spread their doctrines "with the aim of sparking riots."
The Church of Scientology has denied that it had sent people to establish a branch in Egypt, explaining that the two were representatives of an Italian publishing firm that sold the works of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard. It also condemned the prolonged detention of its two members.
"We are greatly concerned at their prolonged detention, which appears to be a violation of their right to freedom of expression," said Leisa Goodman, the Church of Scientology's human rights director.