Egyptian prosecutor receives complaints against Mursi

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Egypt’s public prosecutor office said on Saturday it had received complaints accusing ousted President Mohamed Mursi and members of his Muslim Brotherhood of spying, inciting the killings of protesters and damaging the economy.

Al Arabiya’s Cairo correspondent reported that the prosecutor’s office said it was investigating the complaints to allow those accused to be questioned.

Egypt's legal system allows prosecutors to investigate complaints made by the police or by any member of the public. It can take days or months for formal charges to appear.Prosecutors rarely issue statements based on complaints before charges are filed.

The statement named eight other Islamist figures including the Brotherhood's top leader, Mohamed Badie, and the deputy leader of its political party Essam El-Erian, and said others had also been named.

Mursi, the country's first freely elected president, was ousted by what many of his supporters regard as a military coup.

The Muslim Brotherhood is now in decline in the country, with many of its leaders arrested or in hiding following the ousted president’s overthrow on July 3.

Mursi was accused of concentrating power in the hands of the Brotherhood, sending the economy into free fall and failing to protect minorities.

But his supporters argue that his removal from power was a flagrant violation of democratic principles and tens of thousands have taken to the streets to demand his reinstatement.

“There will be another mass protest on Monday,” a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said on Saturday, a day after tens of thousands of Mursi's supporters rallied in Cairo.

Protesters are also expected to march on Monday to the Cairo headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, scene of deadly clashes last week, the spokesman, Tareq al-Morsi, said.

“It will be peaceful,” he told AFP.

On Friday, Washington and Berlin called on the military to release Mursi, who has been in custody over a week ago. Egypt’s interim leaders said Mursi is “in a safe place, for his safety.”

(With AFP and Reuters)