- Middle East/North Africa
Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud ordered an investigation of Tawfiq Okasha, a talk show presenter and owner of Al-Faraeen channel, for insulting President Mohamed Morsy, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Wednesday.
Mahmoud received a report from lawyer Khaled Ismail stating that Okasha accused Major General Abdel Fattah al-Seesy, head of military intelligence, of being a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer within the armed forces and paid by Qatar to facilitate President Mohamed Morsy's victory in the presidential race.
The report added that Okasha incited people to protest at the tomb of the unknown soldier and the grave of former President Anwar Sadat, in a military area. Okasha is also accused of inciting the military to use force and resist authorities, as well as inciting judiciary figures, armed forces and police personnel to disobey orders.
According to the report, Okasha is further accused of inciting media professionals against the regime and the president, insulting Islam and sparking sectarianism. He raised skepticism among Copts about the results of the presidential election and claimed that 50 percent of them were banned from voting, the report added.