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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef released on LE15,000 bail

Prosecutors set bail for the well-known satirist who is accused of denigrating Islam and the president

Ahram Online, Sunday 31 Mar 2013
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Bassem Youssef
A bodyguard secures popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office to face accusations of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist leader in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)

Prosecutors released Bassem Youssef on LE15,000 ($2,142) bail on Sunday afternoon.

Youssef said the decision to release him was based on investigations into three of the lawsuits filed against him.

"There is a forth lawsuit remaining and the time for investigations into it has not been set," Youssef said via Twitter immediately following his release.

Earlier on Sunday, the renowned TV satirist arrived at Egypt's High Court in response to an arrest warrant submitted by the country's top prosecutor.

The prosecutor-general had ordered Youssef’s arrest on Saturday after a number of complaints were made against him for allegedly insulting President Mohamed Morsi, denigrating Islam and spreading false news with the aim of disrupting public order.

Dozens of supporters of Bassem Youssef rallied outside the office of the prosecutor-general in solidarity with the one-time physician turned satirist.

Youssef hosts weekly satire show El-Bernameg (The Show) on private satellite channel CBC.

The complaints were filed by 12 people after Youssef's 1 March episode in which he mocked the president's interview with TV anchor Amr El-Leithy in February.

In January, a number of Islamist lawyers filed a separate lawsuit against Youssef for "undermining the standing of the president" during his show but the charges were dropped before the case reached court.

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Antoon Schuller
13-04-2013 06:25pm
Western brainwashing
13-4-13 This satirist and his supporters are products of the West`s intentional or non-intentional brainwashing via Internet. The West is acting against the first law of the animal world which says: "the nest is sacred, and intruders will be attacked". It is intruding Arab homes and educating other people`s children. Saudi rulers therefor are thinking of blocking websites, which is the least they should do but only if they block everything but Islamic sites, even Google. All Islamic countries like Egypt, should follow in order to have a chance of putting the young back on the Islam track. I am a Westerner but I confess my opinion that Prophet Mohammed did a better job than Jesus Christ after all.
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31-03-2013 08:45pm
Go and lean forward
Speak out. Which could have another turn in his country. A very brave man.
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Sallam Nur
31-03-2013 07:10pm
He should a long jail sentence
Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom defamation and vulgarity.
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31-03-2013 08:55pm
Obvious fake
Deal Sallam, clearly you are an Mb e militia, because Bassem has never been vulgar or defames, crisitism is meant to critisize

31-03-2013 04:08pm
Laughter is the best medicine for Egypt's current illness
It is outrageous that a group of 12 (ominous) actually filed charges against a man who actually is helping Egypt, through humour, pass through these difficult months. Freedom of Speech is fundamental to democratic self-rule. Without freedom of assembly and speech, democracy is not possible. Is the Prosecutor-General telling Egyptians that Mubarak was correct when he stated the Egyptians are not ready for democracy? I shudder to think that some within the current government actually side with Mubarak...
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Angery Egyptian
31-03-2013 03:42pm
The cost of free of speach in Egypt
Is that the way the MBH will collect mony to improve the Egyptian econmy that they reuined since they ruled the country?
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