CAIRO: Actor Khaled Abol Naga and singer Mohamed Attia have been accused of “inciting violence and protests” against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi; lawsuits filed against them are under review by Attorney General Hisham Barakat.
Lawyer Hisham Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Abol Naga accusing him of incitement against the military, after the actor criticized the army’s approach towards North Sinai: displacing residents to create a buffer zone along the Rafah border.
Abol Naga said in a recorded video posted last month, the displacement was counter to human rights and “If you are not able to secure [the country] without taking peoples’ rights, then you cannot be in your place. Leave [it].”
In the same video, Abol Naga, who had taken part in movements defying the former tenure of Hosni Mubarak, has also said the “military-security thought” will cause a downfall to the country, and added “we made revolutions to remove it.”
“If you cannot do your job…this does not mean you tell me I am traitor because I say you have to leave, so that someone else capable can do it,” Abol Naga added.
The remarks were quickly seized upon by local media as “inciting against the President,” and made him the target of Sisi supporters and media presenters.
A lawsuit accusing him of treason was filed Nov. 9 by lawyer Samir Sabry who is known for filing legal suits against activists.
Many activists and famous figures, on the other hand, supported Abol Naga’s right to freedom of expression and denounced the character attacks.
The actor responded to the first round of opposition by saying the constitution protected his right to sue those who insulted him. He also declined to comment to the media on the “insulting the military” lawsuit filed against and just tweeted “No comment” Wednesday.
Singer Mohamed Attia, who was previously targeted for supporting Abol Naga, is now facing a legal case for protesting against the recent court ruling that dropped charges against former president Hosni Mubarak of killing protesters in 2011.
Attia’s case was also filed by Hisham Ibrahim, who accused the singer of violating the 2013 protest law, and claimed Attia cooperated with foreign investigative agencies to “destabilize the country’s security,” reported ONA Wednesday.
Attia said on Twitter that although he “believes in the January 25 Revolution,” a new law that would criminalize insulting January 25 and the June 30 incidents is not right, adding “It is everyone’s right to express his opinion as he likes…whether supporter or opponent.”