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Egypt's prosecutor general refuses to resign

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 file photo, supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, riding camels and horses, fight with anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid, File)

CAIRO: Egypt's official news agency says the country's prosecutor general is refusing to resign, though the president ordered him dismissed to defuse public anger over acquittals in a case of brutality against protesters.

The agency quoted Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud as saying Thursday that he will remain in his post in defiance of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi.

His order to dismiss Mahmoud exceeds his mandate. The law protects the prosecutor general from being fired by the president.

A court ruling on Wednesday found 24 loyalists of ousted President Hosni Mubarak innocent on charges of manslaughter and attempted murder. They were alleged to have played a role in last year's attack on demonstrators, known as the "Camel Battle."

The acquittals sparked stiff protests. Many accused Mahmoud of presenting a weak case.

 

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