Egypt: Popular TV comic faces new probe for
last update: April 10, 14:52
Cairo, 10 April (AKI) - Egyptian prosecutors
have begun an investigation into three new complaints against popular TV
comedian Bassem Youssef. He now faces allegations of promoting atheism, harming
diplomatic ties between Egypt and Pakistan, and insulting the attorney-general,
local media reported Wednesday.
Youssef confirmed he was being investigated
again on his Twitter account, after earlier being accused of insulting the
president and Islam.
"A new investigation started against me
accusing me of: insulting Islam (again), spreading atheism & insulting
Pakistan #LOL," he wrote.
The new probe follows remarks by Youssef
mocking a hat worn by Morsi when he received an honorary doctorate from a
university in the Pakistani capital Islamabad in March.
The comments allegedly damaged diplomatic ties
Youssef is also accused of attempting to
"spread atheism" after he allegedly made fun of the prayer ritual which
constitutes "questioning one of the five pillars of Islam."
Youssef's hugely popular weekly political
satire show Al-Bernameg aired on private satellite channel CBC has spared few
He is currently on bail pending the
investigation into charges of insulting Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi and