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Anti-revolution talk show host Okasha investigated on charges of incitement

Controversial TV anchor Tawfik Okasha faces interrogation after accusations of insulting Egypt's president, inciting sectarian strife and encouraging the country's security forces to disobey orders

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 Jul 2012
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Tawfik Okasha in a demonstration in support of SCAF at Abbasseya Square. (Photo: Reuters)
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Prosecutor-General Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud called television anchor and head of Faraeen satellite channel Tawfik Okasha for interrogation, Wednesday, following a lawsuit brought against the controversial presenter accusing him of insulting President Mohamed Morsi and attempting to instigate sectarian strife.

The accusations were filed by lawyer Khaled Ismail and include inciting hatred against Egypt's legitimate rulers, the army and the media as well as insulting religion.

Okasha has also been charged with falsely claiming that the head of Egypt's intelligence apparatus belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood and had "sold" the country to the US.

Ismail asserts Okasha encouraged members of the armed forces, the police and the media to not follow orders as well as propagating the belief on his program that the presidential election results were false as 50 per cent of Egypt's Christians were banned from voting: a claim which could have sparked sectarian strife.

Last November, Okasha, whose talk show has a high viewership, ran in the parliamentary elections in his hometown Mansoura in Dakahliya governorate but lost.

Known as a supporter of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, Okasha has been openly critical of many pro-revolution and political figures.

In May, the Brotherhood claimed on their official website Ikhwanonline that Okasha had killed one of their supporters during this year's presidential elections.

 

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