Egypt blogger Mahfuz quizzed for 'defaming' military

facebook page Asma Mahfuz now faces a trial before a military tribunal for her alleged Facebook comments

Leading Egyptian blogger Asmaa Mahfouz has been questioned for allegedly defaming the military on Facebook, the official Mena news agency reports.

She was briefly detained by military prosecutors and later released on a bail of $3,356 (£2,062), it says.

Ms Mahfouz, one of the leaders of the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, is suspected of calling for assassination attacks against the military and judicial bodies.

Her lawyer denies the accusations.

'No tolerance'

According to Mena, Ms Mahfouz wrote on Facebook: "If justice is not achieved and the justice system fails us, no-one should feel upset or surprised if armed gangs emerge to carry out assassinations.

"As long as there is no law and there is no justice, anything can happen, and nobody should be upset."

The head of the military judicial authority, Maj Gen Mahmud Morsi, said the blogger had overstepped the limits of free speech by insulting the military, the AFP news agency reports.

He added that there would be "no tolerance to insults directed at the armed forces".

Mena said Ms Mahfouz was released on bail until a date is was set for her trial before a military tribunal.

However, Ms Mahfouz's lawyer denied the accusations.

Hossam Issa told the AFP news agency: "What Asmaa wrote on Facebook is not a call to violence... She was only expressing her fears and that is not a crime".

The lawyer added that the comments attributed to Ms Mahfouz on the other social network - Twitter - were not her own and that someone had hacked into her account.

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took power after the mass street protests that forced President Mubarak to resign in February.

Earlier this month, Mr Mubarak went on trial on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters.

The former leader denies the charges.

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