posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:55 AM
Oct 22 (Reuters) - An Egyptian talk-show host faces a four-month jail term after a court convicted him of insulting President Mohamed Mursi, state
media reported on Monday.
Tawfiq Okasha, whose show appears on his own channel, can appeal the sentence after paying 100 Egyptian pounds ($16.39) bail, a source in the court in
southern Egypt said.
"Mursi is the President of all Egyptians and insulting him is like insulting the whole nation," Nasr El-Din Mahmoud Maghazy, who filed the case
against Okasha, told Reuters.
The substance of the offending insult was not immediately available from court sources.
Okasha is known to have close ties to security officials in power during the reign of former longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a
popular revolt last year, and for making anti-Islamic diatribes on air.
He faces another lawsuit in the criminal court on accusations of inciting people to kill Mursi.
The prosecutor had ordered Okasha's channel taken off the air but a court on Saturday said it could resume broadcasting.
Okasha had previously said in one of his talk shows that Mursi and his group "deserve to get killed". ($1 = 6.1015 Egyptian pounds) (Writing by
Marwa Awad; Editing by Michael Roddy)
This is the guy we funded into power and continue to fund, with US money. We might as well give ahmadinejad a blank check while we're at it. Two
sides of the same coin.
Oh and don't forget,
In October 2012, President Morsi participated in prayers with a preacher who requested that Allah "absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant
us victory over the infidels. Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters." The Anti-Defamation League said that in a released video of the
prayer, Morsi could be seen saying amen to these statements.