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New charges against Egypt's Mursi for 'insulting judiciary'

Published on Jan 20, 2014 1:23 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and 24 others, including top activists who opposed him and his predecessor, will stand trial for insulting the judiciary, state media and judicial sources said on Sunday.

The defendants have been charged for allegedly making comments in the media and online that showed "disrespect and hatred for the courts and the judiciary", state news agency Mena said.

It was unclear whether the defendants would be tried together, and the latest charges will be the fourth set of proceedings against Mursi since his ouster.

Under the latest round of charges, Mursi has been accused for giving a speech days before his ouster by the army in July, when he allegedly accused a judge of overseeing electoral fraud in a 2005 vote, Mena said.

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