Cairo - Thousands of supporters of Egypt's Islamist
president have taken to the streets of Cairo, calling on him to "cleanse
Mohammed Morsi and the judiciary have had tense relations
since he came to power in June last year. Judges accused him of trampling on
their authority, while Morsi supporters charge that the judiciary is controlled
by supporters of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, criticized
the judiciary for several recent acquittals of former regime officials, as well
as an order to release Mubarak, who is facing a retrial for his role in killing
protesters. Mubarak remains in detention on other charges.
Hamdeen Sabahi, an opposition leader, called the Friday
protests a prelude to "a new massacre" in the judiciary, violating