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Egyptian TV political comic free on bail

March 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM

CAIRO, March 31 (UPI) -- An Egyptian TV satirist charged with insulting Islam was released on bail Sunday but ordered to stay off of Twitter for a while, al-Masry, al-Youm reported.

Bassem Youssef reported to prosecutors in Cairo and was released on bail after being charged with contempt of religion and insulting President Mohamed Morsi.

Citing sources it did not identify, al-Masry, al-Youm said Youssef fired off a series of snarky tweets about the prosecutors after his arrival at the Public Prosecutors headquarters, but was told by the investigating judge to stop sending out remarks.

Youssef, who has been compared to satirical U.S. commentator Jon Stewart, had been ordered arrested along with five political activists charged with organizing anti-government protests.

Youssef drew a large crowd of supporters to the prosecutor's office Sunday and was seen wearing a prominent hat he had worn on his show while ribbing Morsi, the report said.

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