Egypt's Attorney General Investigates Outspoken anti-Muslim Brotherhood Critic Who Led Protest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Former lawmaker accused of trying to mobilize Egypt

Angry Egyptian Christians protest outside St. Mark's Cathedral against the military ruling council in Cairo Egypt, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 a day after at least 24 people were killed when Christians, angered by a recent church attack, clashed Sunday night with Muslims and security forces outside the state television building in central Cairo.

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's attorney general has referred an outspoken anti-Islamist former lawmaker for investigation by police prosecutors over claims he called for the downfall of the regime.

According to a statement released Sunday, the charge added to concerns that the government is backtracking on the democratic aims of the uprising that toppled the autocratic regime last year. The complaint submitted against Mohamed Abu-Hamed by another former lawmaker also accuses him of trying to mobilize Egypt's minority Coptic Christians to protest and cause religious strife. If the case is taken to court and he is found guilty, Abu-Hamed would face a maximum sentence of three years prison.

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