Egypt detains Palestinian, Israeli 'Scientologists'

CAIRO - A Cairo court has prolonged the detention of a Palestinian woman and her Israeli husband suspected of "contempt of religion" by promoting Scientology in the country, Egypt's Middle East News Agency reported Tuesday.

Wafaa Hassan Ahmed, 26, and Mahmoud Mufid Masarwa, 28, have confessed to being assigned by their followers in Tel Aviv and Rome to promote Scientology in Egypt as "a pivotal country in the region that would ease its spread to neighboring countries," MENA reported.

The agency referred to Scientology as a religious belief that "defames Islam and Christianity and calls for disobeying their teachings."

It wasn't clear when the couple was arrested. No officials were available for comment.