Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is seen during his meeting and Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani in Cairo on January 8, 2013. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is under fire from his more religious compatriots for adjusting his pants while speaking with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Two political activists, Louay Omran and Mahmud Salem, and two lawyers, Islam Khalifa and Yasmine Mahfouz, issued an open letter to the attorney-general Sunday accusing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of indecent actions and words.
The text implicates Morsi in ‘criminal actions’ that go against the controversial and newly adopted constitution that the Muslim Brotherhood president ironically backed, one that triggered anti-Morsi protests last year aimed at preventing the Islamist constitution from going to vote.
Published online on El-Watan, it calls for a criminal investigation into Morsi’s ‘indecent public assault’ and points to a video released on 27 September 2012 showing the president ‘touching sensitive parts of his body’ in a meeting with Australian Prime Minsiter Julia Gillard.
Citing Article 278 of the Penal Code, the letter says such immodest acts are punishable by imprisonment for up to a year or a fine of no more than E£300 [$46].
Here is the "indecent" video, via Al-Arabiya (skip to around 15 seconds for the incriminating adjustment):