Prosecution delays inquiry against Bassem Youssef

Prosecutors were slated to begin investigating complaints against political satirist Bassem Youssef Monday, but postponed the inquiry for “security reasons”, privately owned Al-Shorouk newspaper reported.

Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat ordered the investigation delayed until Saturday, the paper reported.

The 30 legal complaints filed against Youssef, host of Al-Bernameg, include insulting the military and its leadership and treason.

When Muslim Brotherhood supporters filed similar complaints against Youssef under the tenure of then-President Mohamed Morsi, the lawsuits were seen as a violation of freedom of speech and drew condemnation at home and abroad.

CBC Channel suspended Al-Bernameg on November 1, saying that week’s episode indicated “the persistence of the producer and the presenter in going against CBC’s editorial policy.”

Al-Bernameg’s production company, Q-Soft, announced Sunday that it had decided to terminate the show’s contract with CBC and take all legal measures against channel owners Future Group to obtain compensation for financial and moral losses.

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