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On Saturday, three mortar rounds were found tied to railway tracks linking the Suez Canal cities of Suez and Ismailiya, a security official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
On Friday, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported that two explosive devices were defused next to a Giza mosque.
In Cairo, the prosecutor general announced new charges against Morsi, saying the deposed leader had insulted the judiciary in one of his last speeches by accusing 22 judges of forging election results in 2005, according to MENA. The prosecutor ordered Morsi be held in four-day detention pending further investigation.
The agency said Morsi refused to answer questions in relation to the charges. Morsi has been held in an undisclosed location since the military overthrew him in a July 3 coup after millions took to the streets demanding his resignation.
The ousted Islamist faces a long list of accusations, including conspiring with foreign groups to orchestrate a prison break during the 2011 uprising and inciting violence and the killing of protesters in a second case. He was referred to trial but no date has been set.
At least 2,000 of Morsi’s fellow Muslim Brotherhood members have also been arrested, most on allegations of inciting violence. On Saturday, a Cairo court opened the trial of a leading group member, Mohammed el-Beltagy, Salafi preacher Safwat Hegazy and two others — all charged with kidnapping and torturing a police officer. Security concerns caused the court to postpone proceedings until Oct. 5.
Meanwhile, hundreds of activists staged a protest in front of the general prosecutor’s office in downtown Cairo and in front of the Press Syndicate to call for the release of the detained journalist Abu Daraa and labor lawyer Haitham Mohammadain, who was detained Thursday. Mohammadain was released later Saturday.
Egypt’s military-backed interim government is pushing a fast-track timetable for a return to democratic rule by amending the now-suspended constitution and holding presidential and parliamentary elections early next year.
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