Egypt satirist faces new probe for ‘insulting Pakistan’

New lawsuits accuse Youssef of 'insulting the state of Pakistan and causing tensions in its relations with Egypt'.


Afp April 09, 2013
Egyptian satirist and television host Bassem Youssef is surrounded by his supporters upon his arrival at the public prosecutor's office in the high court in Cairo, on March 31, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO: Egyptian prosecutors are probing new complaints against popular satirist Bassem Youssef, this time for "insulting Pakistan" and "spreading atheism," judicial sources told AFP on Tuesday.

The wildly popular Youssef – whose weekly political satire programme al Bernameg (The Show) has spared few public figures of merciless critique – is currently on bail pending investigation into charges of insulting President Mohamed Morsi and Islam.

The new lawsuits accuse Youssef of "insulting the state of Pakistan and causing tensions in its relations with Egypt".

He is also accused of insulting religion and "spreading atheism."

In an episode after Morsi visited Pakistan in March, Youssef made fun of a hat worn by the president when he received an honorary doctorate from a university in Islamabad.

One lawsuit claimed that Youssef was attempting to "spread atheism" after he allegedly made fun of the prayer ritual which constitutes "questioning one of the five pillars of Islam."

Youssef confirmed he was being investigated again on his Twitter account.

Under Egypt's legal system, complaints are filed to the public prosecutor who decides whether there is enough evidence to refer the case to trial. Suspects can be detained during this stage of investigation.

COMMENTS (19)

super hitler baboon anus | 8 years ago | Reply

@PiS: i hope he doesn't write a book about how much of a struggle it is to deal with the constant assaults... of rapists. in the rehabilitation facility! I bet that's where he takes it

Mj | 8 years ago | Reply

@Khan: "But The Real Question Is, What Will Happen If You Insult USA/Israel On Your TV Show?"

Jon Stewart does that daily and nothing has so far 'happened' to him. Not everyone is as sensitive as you are regarding nationality and religion.

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