Egypt jails two Scientologists - 2002-03-05 a
CAIRO, March 5 (UPI) -- Two members of the Church of Scientology are being held by Egyptian authorities under charges of "contempt of religion." They are accused of trying to spread their doctrines "with the aim of sparking riots."
"Contempt of religion" is a charge that has come up increasingly often in Egypt in recent years. Similar accusations have been used against other non-mainstream religious groups or to punish groups whose activities are not illegal.
The Church of Scientology has denied that it had sent people to establish a branch in Egypt, saying that the two were representatives of an Italian publishing firm that sold the works of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.