Cairo- Youssef, a cardiac doctor, had been one of the staunchest opponents of Morsi, focusing most of his show on mocking Egypt's first civilian president.
Cairo– Youssef, a cardiac doctor, had been one of the staunchest opponents of Morsi, focusing most of his show on mocking Egypt’s first civilian president.
CAIRO (AA) – A lawsuit has been filed with Egypt’s Prosecutor-General against popular television satirist Bassem Youssef on claims of inciting chaos and disturbing public security, judiciary sources said.
The lawsuit, filed by the supreme council of Muslim youth associations, accuses Youssef of intentionally seeking to tarnish Egypt’s reputation and comparing Egypt to a “playful woman” who betrays her husband with the army.
The plaintiffs argue that the satirist has described the mass protests that led to the July 3 military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi as a “military coup”.
The lawsuit also accused the funnyman of offending the army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the chief architect of Morsi’s overthrow.
Appearing on satellite channel CBC on Friday after a four-month hiatus, Youssef raised questions about whether Morsi’s July 3 ouster was a revolution or a military coup.
Youssef, a cardiac doctor, had been one of the staunchest opponents of Morsi, focusing most of his show on mocking Egypt’s first civilian president. He was accused by Morsi’s supporters of offending the president and holding religion in contempt.
Friday’s episode was met with thunderous reaction from both Youssef’s detractors and supporters.
Some people, including Sameh Seif al-Yazal, an ex-army general and an active media commentator, said in comments on Facebook that some army officers felt insulted by Youssef’s program.
But not everybody agrees.
“Youssef is insulted by the pits of Mubarak’s regime, al-Sisi’s fans, and the backers of the Muslim Brotherhood,” wrote Mustafa al-Naggar, a former legislator and the founder of the liberal Justice Party.
“However, the laughter of people at coffee shops and at homes tells you that none of these three groups has support,” he added on his Twitter account.