Abu-Ismail to be questioned over 'offensive' comments on Egypt military

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 May 2013

Several Egyptian political figures – including Salafist preacher Hazem Abu-Ismail – will be questioned by military prosecutors over recent comments deemed 'offensive' to country's armed forces

Hazem Salah Abu Ismail
File photo: Hazem Salah Abu Ismail (R), a Salafist leader and presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign rally at Cairo University March 27, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah has referred a number of complaints concerning certain political figures – including prominent Salafist preacher Hazem Abu-Ismail – to military prosecutors, an Egyptian judicial source stated Thursday.

The source clarified that several political figures would be questioned over remarks they made deemed "offensive" to Egypt's armed forces. The complaints were lodged by a number of lawyers and retired military officials, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported.

Abu-Ismail, head of the Salafist Raya Party, is one of those who will face questioning over comments he made last week in reference to Egypt's military.

On 1 May, on his television programme Malafat Abu-Ismail, the Salafist preacher referred to Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as a "sensational actor." His comments came in response to a speech given by El-Sisi in commemoration of Egypt's Sinai Liberation Day on 25 April.

Abu-Ismail has been a staunch critic of Egypt's armed forces. In March, he criticised opposition figures who called for the military to reassume control of the nation's affairs.  

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