Cairo court fines TV host Ahmed Moussa for slander, again

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Jul 2015

Moussa was previously convicted on another count of slander in March

Ahmed Moussa
Television presenter Ahmed Moussa (Photo: Ahram)

A Cairo misdemeanour court fined controversial TV hosts Ahmed Moussa and Khaled Bakr LE15,000 (around $1,900) on Sunday for slandering lawyer Tarek El-Awady.

The accusation of slander came after the duo claimed that El-Awady, the lawyer for hardcore Zamalek club's Ultras White Knights fan group, was spying and receiving foreign funding.

This accusation against El-Awady was launched on Moussa's show, which is broadcast on Sada El-Balad private TV channel.

This is the second case El-Awady has won against Moussa.

In March, another court sentenced Moussa to six months and a fine of LE10,000 for a separate slander case. El-Awady later decided to waive the prison sentence against Moussa, and settle for the conviction and fine.

Moussa, a strong supporter of the current administration, has been sued for slander in a number of recent cases.

In June, Moussa received a one-year prison sentence for insulting Islamist politician and former presidential candidate, Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, on his show. He is currently appealing the ruling.

Also in June, a court waived a two-year prison sentence against Moussa for slandering writer and politician Osama El-Ghazali Harb.

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