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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