The Obama administration isn't using the IRS and domestic spying on journalists to silence critics here at home, he has sent billions of dollars to help the Muslim Brotherhood in places like Egypt where their leader, Mohammed Morsi, is using the power of his position to criminally charge those who criticize his administration.
An Egyptian activist was convicted of insulting the president and spreading false news and given a six-month suspended sentence on Monday, Egypt’s state-run news agency said.
Ahmed Douma is the first prominent critic of President Mohammed Morsi to be convicted on the charge. Several journalists, TV presenters and other individuals have also been facing similar accusations.
Douma was charged after he called Morsi criminal and illegitimate after a deadly security crackdown on protesters in the coastal city of Port Said that left 40 people dead in February. He also criticized Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group for being behind a bloody raid against peaceful protesters outside Morsi’s office last year.
The Arab Network for Human Rights Information Center said in a recent report that the number of court cases and complaints involving charges of insulting the president during Morsi’s 10 months in power is four times the number filed during Mubarak’s rule of nearly 30 years.
In the interview that led to his trial, Douma said, “I don’t see a president ruling Egypt. I see someone called Mohammed Morsi, a criminal evading justice, who is hiding in the presidential palace.” [Washington Post]