Tanta Misdemeanours Court postponed the case of journalist and activist Ahmed Doma on Monday, and is set to hand down a verdict on 3 June. The court also ordered Doma’s continued detention until the hearing in three weeks.
Supporters of the defendant chanted against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi outside the courthouse during Monday’s hearing.
During the hearing Doma said he did not insult the president, but rather was expressing his political opinion that Morsi had lost his legitimacy and was directly responsible for the killing of demonstrators, according to Aswat Masriya.
The activist is facing charges for insulting the president, a crime that could land him in jail for between one and two years. He had called President Morsi a “criminal, murderer, and a fugitive from justice” on a television programme on the satellite channel Dream, later repeating the same phrase on a separate programme on the same channel.
The activist turned himself in to the public prosecution after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is also wanted for inciting violence in Moqattam near the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in March.
Doma had previously been imprisoned on charges of inciting violence during clashes at the cabinet building in December 2011 and was released the following April.