24 February 2013

Egypt: TV Host Sent to Criminal Court for Insulting Police Syndicate

Egypt's general prosecutor's office referred on Sunday popular television host Tawfeek Okasha to criminal court for insulting the police syndicate.

The prosecution's spokesman said that the attorney general has ordered the referral of Okasha to criminal court in response to a legal complaint filed by the police syndicate for its defamation on his television program.

A number of police officers, who are members of the syndicate that is under construction, had come forward with a legal challenge against the TV host for insulting the police officers and their wives on an episode that aired on the satellite channel that he owns.

A court had sentenced Okasha to four months in prison in October for insulting Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

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