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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef released on bail

  • Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was released on bail on Sunday after being questioned by prosecutors over allegations he insulted Islam and President Mohammed Morsi.

    He was ordered to pay $2,190 after spending five hours at the public prosecutor's office.

    His release comes a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

    Youssef has faced several complaints over his show El Bernameg (The Program), which sees him poke fun at figures ranging from television presenters to politicians and Muslim scholars.

    Upon his arrival, Youssef took to Twitter to say that lawyers and policemen wanted to have their picture taken with him, joking it was the real reason for his summons.

    He added that the bail conditions were related to three lawsuits while a fourth was still under investigation.

    The case is the latest in a series of legal action taken against opponents of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party and has raised concerns over press freedom in Egypt.

    Many argue that the Islamist-backed constitution, which came into effect earlier this year, fails to guarantee for a free media.

    Youssef, a heart surgeon, shot to fame after gaining followers with his parody of public figures posted on YouTube following the February 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

    He became a household name when his show, compared to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in the U.S., started to be broadcast on one of Egypt's independent satellite stations.

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