Despite being barred from appearing on TV, controversial parliamentarian and TV host Tawfik Okasha made a live appearance to apologise for the statements believed to have prompted his suspension, saying they were part of a "plan."
Known for his penchant for conspiracy theories, Okasha said he impersonated the "enemy to test the state" so that the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time president Hosni Mubarak would not be repeated.
"I don't contradict myself at all… those I attacked the past couple of days I apologise to them… but that was the plan," he said.
Okasha, who has been a staunch critic of the January 25 Revolution as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, from which the now-ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi hails, was suspended hours after he made statements during a TV interview on the privately owned ONTV channel, where he accused all the Egyptian security apparatuses of “working against the country's interests and working for their own narrow ideas.”
He also criticised Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghafer, among other state officials.
Earlier, the independent MP, who amassed the largest sum of votes in the recent elections, caused controversy in the media when he accused the current authorities of trying to create a one-party rule, saying they wanted to “clone the models of the [Nasser era] Arab Socialist Union.”
Okasha's criticism came after security prevented him and a number of parliamentarians from holding a meeting in the House of Representatives headquarters to form a parliamentary block for independents.
He also said he asked for political asylum at the German embassy in Cairo, a claim that he rebuffed while revealing his so-called plan.
"Have I emigrated? Have I travelled to begin with?" Okasha said, adding that the idea of emigration is absurd given that he is the most voted for MP.
"We all have a common enemy… We need to forget all sensitivities between each other, whatever they are and however strong they are," he added, apparently referring to the Brotherhood.
Most of the previous January 25 Revolution anniversaries saw protests and even clashes, unlike the last one, which was relatively calm. There are no clear calls for mobilisation ahead of the fifth anniversary.
The Media Free Zone administration banned Okasha's show on his channel Al-Faraeen for six months on Monday, and also from appearing on any TV channel for the same period of time for committing "violations against media freedoms."
The body, however, issued another statement on Tuesday saying the suspension of his TV appearances and his show would last from three months since decision was made.
The Media Free Zone administration is part of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), which is the sole entity responsible for issuing broadcasting permits. It has the power to stop the broadcast of a programme on Egypt's NileSat satellite channels from its studios in the Media City in Cairo's 6th of October City.
The possible legal consequences for Okasha's defiance of the ban are as of yet unclear.