Egypt Prosecutor Orders Top Opposition Leaders Investigated

Egypt’s top prosecutor has ordered an investigation of several opposition officials over an allegation they sought to incite the overthrow of the government.

The call by Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah comes in relation to a complaint filed by a lawyer against Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and former presidential contenders Amre Moussa and Hamdeen Sabahi, according to a faxed statement from the prosecutor’s office.

The three opposition leaders have spoken out against a November decree by President Mohamed Mursi granting his decisions immunity from court oversight.

The decree came in the run-up to the approval of the draft constitution by the Islamist-dominated panel that wrote the charter, sparking ire among the opposition who argued it enshrined Islamic law at the expense of certain freedoms.

The charter was ratified by a majority of 64 percent in a two-stage referendum that ended Dec. 22.

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