Egypt top prosecutor orders arrest of political satirist Bassem Youssef

MENA, Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Mar 2013

Prosecutors move against the popular TV host for 'insulting the president and Islam'; Bassem Youssef responds in style

Egyptian satirist Bassem
Egyptian satirist Bassem (Photo: Reuters)

Bassem Youssef confirmed receiving an arrest warrant on his official Twitter account, mockingly saying he will head to the prosecution office Sunday "unless they [prosecution] send me a police car today and save me transportation trouble."

Ealier on Saturday, Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered the arrest of famous political satirist Bassem Youssef to look into complaints accusing him of insulting President Mohamed Morsi, denigrating Islam and spreading false news with the aim of disrupting public order.

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

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

In January, a number of Islamist lawyers filed a lawsuit against Youssef, accusing him of "undermining the standing of the president" during his show.

However, charges were dropped before the case reached court.

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