Former MP accused of attempting to topple Egypt's regime

Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Aug 2012

 A complaint was filed with Egyptian State Security prosecutors on Sunday against former liberal MP Mohamed Abu-Hamed accusing the latter of attempting to overthrow Egypt's elected president.

The complaint was lodged by an Egyptian citizen identified as Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman, who further accused Abu-Hamed of receiving foreign funding with the aim of inciting Egyptian Coptic-Christians to protest against the legitimate government.

Abdel-Rahman will soon be given a hearing by prosecutors, after which Abu-Hamed will be called to answer the charges.

The complaint states that, during a programme that recently aired on a religious television channel, a caller – who claimed to be an activist named Mohamed Othman – said he had information regarding Abu-Hamed and how the latter had received foreign funding to incite sectarian strife in Egypt.

The caller went on to allege that Abu-Hamed had received the funding during a recent visit to Lebanon, where he met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

Geagea, himself a controversial figure, has been accused of orchestrating, along with Israel, the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in which hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were savagely killed.

Along with contentious talk show host Tawfiq Okasha, Abu-Hamed had been a leading advocate for last Friday's demonstrations in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the perceived domination of Egypt's political stage by the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails. 

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