.. after attacks on Mubarak posters
CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian television agency boss was charged by a Cairo court on Monday over helping to broadcast images of protesters tearing down portraits of President Hosni Mubarak during deadly food riots in April.
Nader Gohar, who owns the Cairo News Company, was charged with not having a licence to provide satellite feed facilities to foreign channels following a complaint by the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, a judicial official told AFP.
Gohar, who is currently in Paris, said Monday he has been falsely accused of the broadcasting breach, which carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.
Three civilians were killed by police during two days of rioting in the Nile Delta industrial city of Mahalla on April 6-7.
Demonstrations called to protest rising food prices turned violent when police used rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas on protesters who tore down billboard images of Mubarak.
Footage of the posters being torn down -- a crime against the president under Egyptian law
-- and the subsequent violence could be seen on many television stations and on the Internet.
The court, which ordered Gohar's arrest ahead of the next hearing on May 26, has already ordered the agency's offices searched and impounded five satellite dishes used for broadcasting and a vehicle.
Gohar told AFP by telephone that he doesn't think he will be arrested before the trial.
"I think I have been falsely accused of having cooperated with Al-Jazeera satellite channel on April 6 in Mahalla, and of having allowed the channel to use my station to air the footage of protestors tearing down pictures of Mubarak," he said.
"So far my lawyer has been refused access to my file," he said.
Gohar admitted that his licence had expired and said his request to the judge that he be given a few days grace to sort out the paperwork had been rejected.
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Compare this to Caliph Abu Bakr's first address of the Muslims:
I have been given the authority over you, and I am not the best of you. If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong, set me right. Sincere regard for truth is loyalty and disregard for truth is treachery. The weak amongst you shall be strong with me until I have secured his rights, if God will; and the strong amongst you shall be weak with me until I have wrested from him the rights of others, if God will. Obey me so long as I obey God and His Messenger. But if I disobey God and His Messenger, you owe me no obedience. Arise for your prayer, God have mercy upon you.