Muslim Brotherhood denounces US interference in Egypt
The Freedom and Justice party, which is the political wing of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, has denounced the US administration’s blatant interference in Egyptian affairs in reaction to the US Secretary of State spokesperson Victoria Noland criticizing the law suit against satirist Bassem Youssef convened at the prosecutor’s office on Sunday.It is quite worrying to see “the big unreserved audacity” with which the Americans have commented on this “internal Egyptian affair still pending in justice”, a release said late Tuesday in Cairo.
The Egyptian public prosecutor has already heard Youssef accused of insulting Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi and disregard toward Islam.
The US State Department on Monday voiced out concerns over the freedom of speech in Egypt. “Youssef’s case coincides with the arrest of other Egyptian political activists which shows evidence of a worrying orientation toward the establishment of barriers against freedom of expression”, Ms. Noland said.
“Noland statement seems to imply that Youssef’s case mainly concerns the insults on President Morsi while most of the grievances have to do with the fact the humorist has insulted Islam and religious rites”, the Muslim Brotherhood’s release continued.
Several complaints were filed against the Egyptian for his satirist TV program called “Al-Barnamej” in which he ridicules several Egyptian political figures.
After his hearing by the General Prosecutor, Youssef was freed on bailed against pound 15,000 (USD 2,244).