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Hamdeen Sabahi, Amr Moussa and Mohammed ElBaradei,
founders of the National Salvation Front, are accused of incitement against the
state and betraying the ideals of the Revolution because they led mass protests
against the Islamist constitution. Controversial Morsi-appointed Public
Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah orders the inquiry.
Cairo (AsiaNews) - Egypt's public prosecutor, Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah, has
ordered an inquiry into the leaders of the National Salvation Front, Hamdeen
Sabahi, Amr Moussa and Mohammed ElBaradei. Appointed by President Mohammed
Morsi, Abdallah wants the three opposition leaders, the last two former
presidential candidates against Morsi, investigated on charges of "incitement"
to overthrow the government and high treason. All three have led mass
demonstrations against Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's new
The legal action against the three main pro-democracy leaders comes amid
criticism against the constitutional referendum, deemed invalid because of a low
turnout (one third of the electorate) and numerous cases of electoral fraud by
Unconcerned by the prevailing atmosphere of tensions, President Morsi signed
the constitution on 26 December. Shortly, he will also announce the official
date for new parliamentary elections.
The decision by the pro-Islamist prosecutor is further exacerbating tensions
between Egyptians in favour of a secular state and defenders of a Sharia-based
government, bringing the country that much closer to a civil war.
In an article published today al-Ahram online, some diplomats close
to the opposition said that they had come under pressures from their superiors
who want to silence all criticism against Morsi.
According to one diplomat, Egypt is now turning into a dictatorship. "I was
summoned into the office of the assistant (foreign) minister," he said. The
latter "asked me to be 'careful' and not to confuse my role as a diplomat with
that of an activist." Another official "was told that his overt opposition to
the president would undermine his chances to go a good post". (S.C)
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