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Egyptian satirist interrogated for criticizing Mohammed Morsi

CAIRO (AP) -- A popular television satirist known as Egypt's Jon Stewart appeared Sunday before prosecutors for interrogation after an arrest warrant was issued against him for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's leader.

Bassem Youssef is the most prominent critic of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to be called in for questioning in recent weeks in what the opposition says is a campaign to intimidate critics. It followed warrants for five prominent anti-government activists accused of instigating violence.

Youssef, the host of the weekly show "ElBernameg" or "The Program," is known for his skits lampooning Morsi and Egypt's newly empowered Islamist political class, but also mocks the opposition and the media.

Several dozen supporters gathered outside the public prosecutor's office as he presented himself for questioning, a day after the warrant was first reported in the media.

The media also intently followed the comedian's interrogation. He first tweeted a series of quips from the prosecutor's office. "They asked me the color of my eyes. Really," one read.

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