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CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say the owner of a TV station on trial for incitement following his call for the killing of Egypt’s Islamist president has been released after being briefly detained over allegations of theft of electrical power and bounced checks.

The officials say Tawfiq Okasha was released late Sunday after nearly 10 hours of questioning at a police station in Cairo’s Nasr City district.

Authorities last month closed Okasha’s TV station — Al-Faraeen,” or “The Pharoahs” — which he used to launch scathing attacks on President Mohammed Mursi and the leader’s Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

The officials spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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