Scientology followers released from Egyptian jail

CAIRO -- An Egyptian court has released two members of the Church of Scientology, a Palestinian woman and her Arab Israeli husband.

The court freed the two who were arrested in December on charges of trying to damage the principles of Islam and Christianity by the spread of a new religious doctrine.

The court ruled that condemning people for adopting new ideas is a violation of human rights.

The couple were also accused of exploiting this new doctrine to propagate ideas contrary to religion with the goal of provoking riots.

The Church of Scientology based in the United States denounced the detention of its two members in Egypt as a violation of human rights and called on Egypt to release them.