Despite ruling, Egypt holds off on ending curfew

November 12, 2013 • World News

FILE – In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Morsi had his first extensive meeting with lawyers, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, consulting in prison with a team from his Muslim Brotherhood over his ongoing trial on charges of inciting murder. So far, Morsi is refusing to accept any legal representation in the trial, insisting he remains president, and his son says he wants to take legal action against those prosecuting him after his ouster by the military.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

CAIRO (AP) — A court declared that Egypt’s 3-month-old state of emergency expired Tuesday, two days earlier than expected, but the military and security officials held off from implementing the ruling and lifting a nighttime curfew, amid worries that the measures’ end will fuel protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi, meanwhile, held his first extensive meeting with lawyers in a prison near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. He had been held in secret military detention with almost no contact with the outside world since he was ousted in a July 3 popularly backed coup, but he was moved to a regular prison last week after the first session of his trial on charges of inciting murder.

The lawyers, who hail from the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, on Wednesday will relay a message from Morsi addressing the Egyptian people and “all parties,” according to Morsi’s son Osama, a lawyer who was among those who met him. The son told The Associated Press that his father is still refusing to allow any lawyer to represent him in the trial because he insists he remains president and does not recognize the tribunal.

The state of emergency and a nighttime curfew imposed along with it have been aimed at helping authorities tighten their security grip and control on near daily protests that frequently descended into violence by pro-Morsi supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood demanding his reinstatement and the reversal of what the call an illegal coup against Login to read more

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