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Egyptian activist to be tried for insulting president, remains in custody

  • This April 1, 2011 photo shows activist Ahmed Douma chanting slogans during a march to Tahrir Square demanding prosecution of members of former President Hosni Mubarak's regime in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian prosecutor says prominent Douma was arrested and referred to a speedy trial for insulting the country’s president in comments he made on TV, in the first such case. Prosecutor Mohammed Tanikhi said Thursday, May 2, 2013 that Douma’s trial begins Sunday. He was arrested Tuesday after a Muslim Brotherhood member complained that Douma called Morsi a “killer” and a “criminal”, blaming him for a violent security crackdown on protesters in the coastal city of Port Said that left 40 people killed. (AP Photo/Sarah Carr)The Associated Press

  • This April 1, 2011 photo shows activist Ahmed Douma, left, during a march to Tahrir Square demanding prosecution of members of former President Hosni Mubarak's regime in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian prosecutor says prominent Douma was arrested and referred to a speedy trial for insulting the country’s president in comments he made on TV, in the first such case. Prosecutor Mohammed Tanikhi said Thursday, May 2, 2013 that Douma’s trial begins Sunday. He was arrested Tuesday after a Muslim Brotherhood member complained that Douma called Morsi a “killer” and a “criminal”, blaming him for a violent security crackdown on protesters in the coastal city of Port Said that left 40 people killed. (AP Photo/Sarah CarrThe Associated Press

An Egyptian prosecutor says prominent activist Ahmed Douma has been arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country's president in comments he made on TV.

There are a myriad of complaints against journalists and TV personalities, including satirist Bassem Youssef, for insulting Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. At least two journalists faced trials while others are still questioned.

But Douma is the first activist to be quickly referred to trial while in custody.

Prosecutor Mohammed el-Taneekhi said Thursday that Douma's trial will begin on Sunday.

He was arrested Tuesday after a Muslim Brotherhood member complained that Douma called Morsi a "killer" and a "criminal," and blamed him for a violent security crackdown on protesters in the coastal city of Port Said that left 40 people dead.