Egypt’s revolutionary cleric suspended over sermon

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CAIRO (AP) — A Muslim cleric who led prayers for protesters in Tahrir Square during the uprising against ousted President Hosni Mubarak and subsequent protests says he has been suspended by a ministerial decree following a citizen’s complaint about his criticism of the current Islamist president.

Sheik Mazhar Shahin told The Associated Press he was informed on Tuesday of the suspension and an investigation into his comments.

An aide to the religious endowments minister, who issued the order, didn’t return calls seeking comment. The ministry oversees mosque preachers.

Shahin read to the AP the complaint against him accusing him of acting “like a TV station or opposition paper” and deepening divisions by criticizing President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. In a recent sermon, Shahin warned against Brotherhood control over state institutions.

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