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Salafist preacher faces legal case for 'offending' Egypt's Morsi

Lawyer raises complaint against Wagdi Ghoneim after he slams President Morsi for calling Egypt a 'civil state' and meeting with artists, in internet clip

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Sep 2012
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Fiery preacher Wagdi Ghoneim (Photo: AL-Ahram)
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A lawyer, Ghoneim Farouq, filed a complaint, Sunday, to Egypt’s public prosecutor accusing controversial Salafist preacher Wagdi Ghoneim of offending President Mohamed Morsi.

In a video circulating social networks, the Salafist scholar condemned the president’s 6 September meeting with Egyptian artists, who he denounced as “promoters of immortality and prostitution.”

"If he claims to have met them as the president of all [Egyptians] then why doesn't he also meet with stoned people and homosexuals, aren't they Egyptian as well?" Ghoneim said to the camera.  

The notorious preacher, who is known for his controversial statements, further criticised Morsi for referring to Egypt as "a civil state", saying he did not vote for Morsi so that Egypt could become a civil state.

Farouq filed the complaint following what he called the “offensive” comments.

Ghoneim sparked controversy earlier this year during a visit to Tunisia where he promoted female genital mutilation and polygamy.

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Dina
20-09-2012 03:46am
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Hateful man
Wagdi is a hateful, spiteful man. This is the same man who rejoiced at the death of the Coptic Pope, Baba Shenouda for no reason other than he was a leader for the Christian faith in Egypt. What kind of true sheikh or man who knows religion or God would do that? He is a sick man, who acts like he is religious but really has no clue. He makes Muslims and Islam look bad. He is extreme and preaches hate. He tries to cause problems between religions in Egypt and all of the world. I wish he would just keep his mouth shut because he says nothing worthwhile. And if he wants to live in a non-civil country he can just move to Saudi Arabia. Or Antarctica. No one will miss him.
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Aziz, Ahram, Giza
18-09-2012 02:19pm
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Bad Egyptian Media
I am disappointed for your sensorship.
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Mohsen Fareed, Suez
18-09-2012 02:14am
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Non-Islmic Behavior
The Salfies are assuming Allah (SWT) role in judging people and even killing them. They are infedils like Khawarej in the past.
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