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A joke too far – top satirist Bassem Youssef arrested over insults to President Morsi

Posted By admin On April 1, 2013 @ 5:31 am In World News | Comments Disabled

ALASTAIR BEACH
London Independent [1]
April 1, 2013

He is one of Egypt’s most famous television stars – a wildly popular satirist whose Friday night shows are eagerly awaited by tens of millions of viewers.

But tonight, the Egyptian authorities were facing accusations of conducting a political witch-hunt after Bassem Youssef – whose weekly programme regularly lampoons the President, Mohamed Morsi, and his Islamist allies – was arrested over allegations that he insulted Mr Morsi and the Islamic faith.

Youssef answered his summons to the general prosecutor’s office in Cairo today in typically irreverent fashion. Mobbed by cameramen and a few dozen supporters, he arrived wearing an absurdly oversized graduation hat – the kind donned by President Morsi when he was awarded an honorary degree in Pakistan last month.

“Police officers and lawyers at the prosecutor-general’s office want to be photographed with me,” he said via his Twitter account after entering the building. “Maybe this is why they ordered my arrest?”

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[1] London Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/a-joke-too-far--top-satirist-bassem-youssef-arrested-overinsults-to-president-morsi-8555709.html

[2] Mansour sworn in as Egyptian head of state; Morsi held by army; at least 14 killed in clashes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mansour-sworn-in-as-egyptian-head-of-state-morsi-held-by-army-at-least-14-killed-in-clashes.html

[3] Muslim Brotherhood offices torched, Morsi on defensive: http://www.prisonplanet.com/muslim-brotherhood-offices-torched-morsi-on-defensive.html

[4] 30 Dead: Clashes in Cairo between Morsi supporters, opponents: http://www.prisonplanet.com/30-dead-clashes-in-cairo-between-morsi-supporters-opponents.html

[5] Egypt turmoil: Morsi supporters defy removal threats: http://www.prisonplanet.com/egypt-turmoil-morsi-supporters-defy-removal-threats.html

[6] Report: 120 killed in army attack on pro-Morsi sit-in: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-120-killed-in-army-attack-on-pro-morsi-sit-in.html

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