A new investigation has been launched against satirist Bassem Youssef for allegedly insulting Islam, spreading atheism and insulting Pakistan. Youssef, who still faces a recent investigation for insulting President Mohamed Morsi and Islam, recently had a court case against his show overturned.
According to the Muslim Brotherhood’s official Arabic media outlet, IkhwanOnline, lawyer Ahmed Abdul Salam Alraiti from a group known as the Egyptian Patriotic Movement filed three reports against Youssef.
Youssef confirmed the existence of the case via his official Twitter account.
The first report accuses Youssef of insulting Prosecutor General Tala’at Abdullah and officers charged with guarding the High Court through Twitter.
The second report claims Youssef insulted Islam during his show’s 14th episode by mocking the obligatory prayers. According to the Brotherhood the report says that this is contempt of Islamic religion and questioning one of the five pillars of Islam leads to atheistic thinking, which in turn may prompt people to profess a religion other than Islam.
The third report filed against Youssef claims that his show insulted Pakistan during Morsi’s visit and could therefore strain relations between Pakistani and Egyptian authorities. Youssef wore an enlarged version of the hat which Morsi wore when he received an honorary doctorate in Pakistan.
According to IkhwanOnline, Abdul Salam Alraiti said Youssef insulted Pakistan and its people, and therefore should be punished according to the penal code. He also said that there is a time and place for the outfit to be worn and that Youssef had no reason to wear a mock version of the Pakistani outfit.