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Egyptian satirist summoned for questioning

From Amir Ahmed, CNN
March 30, 2013 -- Updated 1524 GMT (2324 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A popular Egyptan television host is called in for questioning
  • Complaints have been filed alleging that Bassem Yousef insulted Islam
  • Yousef is a well-known satirist

(CNN) -- Egypt's public prosecutor has summoned satirist Bassem Yousef for questioning as part of an investigation into whether he insulted Islam and the president.

Yousef hosts a show similar to "The Daily Show" in the United States. It's popular in Egypt, especially among liberals and young viewers.

It is a crime to insult any religion in Egypt, and this week some lawyers filed complaints with the prosecutor's office alleging Yousef mocked Islam and President Mohamed Morsy.

An order to interrogate the TV host was issued a few days ago, a spokesman for the prosecutor said, but officials waited to look further into the allegations before calling him in.

In a message on his Twitter account, Yousef confirmed that he will appear at the prosecutor's office on Sunday.

Journalist Adam Makary contributed to this report.

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