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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:18 PM

Egypt orders cleric held over ElBaradei death call

Source: Reuters

Egypt orders cleric held over ElBaradei death call

CAIRO | Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:20pm EST

(Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the arrest of a Muslim cleric who said leaders of the main opposition coalition should be condemned to death under Islamic law for seeking to topple President Mohamed Mursi, the state news agency said on Monday.

Hardline Salafi Muslim cleric Mahmoud Shaaban was ordered held for questioning over comments in an online video clip for the religious channel al-Hafez calling for the death of leaders of the opposition National Salvation Front. He singled out liberal NSF politician Mohamed ElBaradei and leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy.

Shaaban "will be detained for questioning over charges that he incited the death of leaders of the NSF", MENA news agency reported.

The NSF has called for regular protests against Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected president in June, accusing him of trying to monopolize power.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/us-egypt-elbaradei-cleric-idUSBRE91A0UZ20130211

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