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Egyptian TV presenter charged with calling for Morsi's killing

09-02-2012 05:06 BJT

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A popular Egyptian TV presenter accused of calling for the killing of the country's new president has denied the charges in the opening of his trial. The trial has now been adjourned to October 3.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA says the prosecutor has accused Tawfiq Okasha of using his TV program in July and August to call for the killing of President Mohammed Morsi, and of insulting him by calling him an "illegitimate leader and a liar."

Okasha denies the charges saying it was part of a political row between him and the Muslim Brotherhood to which Morsi belonged. A lawyer for the Muslim Brotherhood has denied that the trial is an attempt to stifle freedom of expression. If convicted, Okasha could face three years in prison.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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