MOHAMED MORSI, center, prays at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
An Egyptian prosecutor ruled a party-goer deserved 80 lashes for getting drunk
at a wedding, the first punishment of its kind and a sign of the growing
Islamization of Egyptian society.
This according to a report in the
London-based paper Asharq al-Awsat on Thursday.
Mohamed Ragab was
arrested last Friday on charges of public inebriation after police administered
a blood alcohol test.
State prosecutor Hussein Anan sentenced Ragab to 80
lashes, basing his verdict on the Koran rather than Egyptian law, the report
Later, another prosecutor canceled the punishment and ordered an
investigation into the incident.
The AP reported that Gama’a Islamiya, a
radical Islamist group, criticized that the sentence was given by the prosecutor
and not the judge, but didn’t disagree with the punishment.
essential to purify the law governing punishments from all that contradicts
Shari’a,” the group said, as quoted by the report.
The punishment for
public drunkenness is usually a small fine or short prison sentence; Egypt does
not allow flogging.
The government announced it would stop issuing
licenses to sell alcohol in some urban areas, Bloomberg reported in February.