New tensions in Egypt over top prosecutor

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CAIRO — Egypt’s top prosecutor retracted his resignation today, a decision that could cause a new uproar in the country after he was accused of pressuring a judge not to release protesters opposed to the Islamist president.

The prosecutor Talaat Abdullah, who was appointed by President Mohammed Morsi, told reporters he resigned on Monday “under pressure” and amid “abnormal circumstances” with prosecutors holding a sit-in in front of his office.

The protesting prosecutors accused Abdullah of pressuring a judge not to release some 130 anti-Morsi protesters taken into custody earlier this month. Abdullah had been investigating the Dec. 5 clashes between members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group and anti-Morsi protesters.

Morsi alleged that some of those detained during the clashes had confessed they were paid to attack his supporters, a charge Abdullah denied.

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