Egyptian authorities have released television presenter Tawfiq Okasha, who is on trial for incitement to kill the president and was arrested on separate charges, a security source said on Monday.
Okasha, who heads his own TV channel, was arrested on Sunday for former convictions passed in absentia, after visiting a police station to check on the status of his court case for alleged incitement to kill President Mohamed Morsi.
He was notified of two six-month convictions for issuing bad cheques and one-month terms for stealing electricity, and was then released again after spending nine hours in custody, according to the security source.
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At the start of his trial on September 1, Okasha denied calling for the murder of the country's Islamist president.
"I merely criticised President Morsi," Tawfiq Okasha told judges. "This is a political trial. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to silence all dissent and reproduce the system from before the revolution."
Okasha's Al-Faraeen channel, suspended on August 16, aired a show that was stridently anti-Morsi and anti-Muslim Brotherhood, the party from which the leader emanates.
The next session of his trial has been set for Wednesday.