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Egypt Prosecutor Orders Top Opposition Leaders Investigated

Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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