Morsi denies responsibility for arrest of popular satirist

April 3, 2013 19:50

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday denied responsibility for the arrest of popular satirist Bassem Youssef,who was on bale facing accusations of insulting Mordi and Islam AFP reported.

“The presidency reiterates the importance of freedom of expression and fully respects press freedom,” Morsi’s office said in a statement quoted by AFP.

"The presidency has not filed any complaint against stand-up comedian Bassem Youssef,” the statement continued, adding that “the current well-publicized claims were initiated by citizens rather than the presidency.”

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