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Egypt charges secularists alongside ousted president Mursi in new case

Published on Jan 19, 2014 11:05 PM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi is to stand trial for insulting the judiciary alongside 24 others including liberal activists who opposed his Islamist rule but have also been critical of the new army-backed order.

It is the fourth case brought against Mursi since he was ousted by the army last year, after a year in power, following mass protests against his rule.

But it also points to the growing pressure faced by the secular-minded politicians who helped to topple Hosni Mubarak in 2011, and have criticised both Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood when it was in power and the new military-backed order.

The non-Islamists charged in the case include former members of parliament Amr Hamzawy and Mostafa El Naggar, as well as Alaa Abdel Fattah, an activist blogger detained since November and already facing trial on charges of protesting without permission.

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