MP Tawfik Okasha offers to apologize to parliament following investigation
owner of Faraeen Channel Tawfiq Okasha - YOUM7 (ARCHIVE)

CAIRO: Member of Parliament Tawfik Okasha offered to apologize to the People’s Assembly after a one-hour investigation by a disciplinary committee over his verbal abuse of parliamentarians and journalists, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

A total of 101 members of parliament submitted a memo to the parliament’s disciplinary committee to complain about Okasha’s behavior, 50 others submitted a similar memo and another group of 20 members of parliament presented yet a third memo. A number of journalists also complained to the committee after Okasha “insulted” them, according to Youm7.

On Tuesday, speaker of parliament Ali Abdel Aal dismissed Okasha out of a session twice due to Okasha’s “verbal abuse.”

Okasha, owner of controversial TV channel Faraeen, told the committee he did not mean to insult the parliament or journalists, and that he was “angry” when he attended the session.

If the disciplinary committee did not accept Okasha’s apology, penalties vary from banning the member of a number of sessions to dropping his membership.

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