Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Arrested

March 31, 2013 by  

Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Arrested, The popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has been released on bail, after questioning by prosecutors over allegations he insulted Islam and President Mohammed Morsi.

He was ordered to pay 15,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,190; £1,440).

Mr Youssef had spent five hours at the public prosecutor’s office, a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He has faced several complaints over his show El Bernameg (The Programme), which satirises many public figures.

On his Twitter feed, Mr Youssef said the bail conditions were related to three lawsuits, while a fourth was still being investigated.

The case has highlighted worries about press freedoms in Egypt.

At one point during his arrival at the prosecutor’s office Mr Youssef donned an oversized academic hat, mocking one which Mr Morsi wore recently when he received an honorary doctorate in Pakistan.

In a statement sent out on his Twitter account as he arrived, he said that lawyers and policemen at the office wanted their picture taken with him, and joked that this was perhaps the real reason for his summons.

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