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Army general vows to prosecute comedian for mocking army's 'invention'

General Ibrahim Abdel Atti, the army general who claimed the invention of a "miraculous device" that cures Aids and Hepatitis, vowed to prosecute a comedian for mocking his "invention".

The controversial army general said he would refer Bassem Youssef, the TV satirist, to military and civilian courts for attempting to discredit the invention.

In statements to Youm 7 newspaper, Abdel-Atti said he would show the court 200 patients who were cured by his device.

Youssef said during his Friday show that authorities responsible for this so-called invention should be held accountable if they fail to cure all the patients in Egypt.

"Those who said that I question the ability of the army should first speak to the scientific adviser of the president who called the device a scientific scandal," Youssef said.

One of members of the research team who invented the device, Dr Shokri Badr, was quoted in Youm 7 as saying that Youssef "announced his death" in this episode.

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