Trial of controversial Egypt TV anchor starts Saturday
Head of Faraeen channel Tawfiq Okasha faces charges of using his broadcasts to incite the violent overthrow of President Morsi
Ahram Online, Friday 31 Aug 2012
The trial of Egyptian TV anchor Tawfiq Okasha on charges of inciting violence against the country's president will begin at Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday.
On 10 August, Egyptian authorities accused Okasha, a presenter and head of the Faraeen satellite channel, of calling for the violent overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, following complaints against the anchor from a number of lawyers and revolutionary figures.
Authorities ordered that the Faraeen channel cease transmission for at least a month.
On Wednesday this week, Okasha told a press conference that he holds documents proving the Muslim Brotherhood orchestrated group violence across Egypt since ex-president Hosni Mubarak was deposed after mass protests last year.
He also claimed the Islamist group was responsible for throwing open the nation's prisons and letting prisoners escape during early 2011's 18-day uprising.
According to Okasha, the Brotherhood are the "third hand" who have sparked violence and disruption across the country since Mubarak's fall.