I will run for presidency in the coming round: Okasha

Ahram Online, Wednesday 29 Aug 2012

Controversial anchor Tawfiq Okasha has declared he has documents that show that the Brotherhood group is the "third hand" that has wreaked chaos in Egypt over the transitional period

Tawfiq Okasha
Tawfiq Okasha

Controversial anchor and head of Fareen TV channel, Tawfiq Okasha, has declared he possesses documents that show that the Muslim Brotherhood directed thugs since the 25 January Revolution, and that the group is responsible for the opening of prisons during the 18-day January 2011 uprising.

According to Okasha, the Brotherhood are the so-called "third hand" that has caused chaos in the country since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

Okasha made the claims during a press conference Wednesday.

The "third hand" was frequently referred to during the 17-month transitional period headed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Many deemed the "third hand" to be remnants of the former regime.

Okasha says that the closing of his TV channel and his referral to trial is because he presented documents revealing the sources of the Brotherhood's financial support in the last year.

The controversial anchor asked media workers to stand by his side and warned them that they might come next if they didn’t support him. He also declared that he and his family were subjected to an assassination attempt organised by the Brotherhood.

Egyptian state authorities shut down El-Fareen satellite channel 10 August 2012.

The order came following a lawsuit filed by the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which accused Okasha of inciting violence against the Brotherhood and encouraging attacks on former FJP head President Mohamed Morsi.

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