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Egypt crisis: Shafiq condemns presidential rival Mursi (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) 3 June 2012 Last updated at 16:39 GMT) Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18317786
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Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq, a former PM under jailed ex-leader Hosni Mubarak, has accused his Islamist rival of harassing Christians.
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Mr Shafiq, who was speaking as protests continued in Cairo over the outcome of Mubarak´s trial, said the Muslim Brotherhood aimed to create a "sectarian" state.
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About 1,000 anti-Mubarak activists remain in Cairo´s Tahrir Square, angry that he and his two sons were acquitted of corruption and six former police chiefs also escaped punishment.
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Mubarak himself was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year´s Arab Spring uprising.
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But many activists were disappointed that the court did not sentence the former president to death.
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Volatile atmosphere
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Mr Shafiq faces an election run-off against the candidate of the socially conservative Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mursi, on 16-17 June. Mr Shafiq was Mubarak´s last prime minister and a former air force commander.
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At a televised news conference on Sunday he accused the Brotherhood of trying to blackmail the Christian Copts and prevent them from exercising their voting rights.
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He also said the Brotherhood was "terrifying" voters in a bid to influence them, "especially those who voted for me in the first round".
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Meanwhile, the public prosecutor has confirmed that an appeal will be launched against Mubarak´s life sentence.
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The BBC´s Yolande Knell in Cairo says the new legal proceedings will only inflame the crowd´s anger.
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One demand of the protesters was also answered by the public prosecutor, however: there will also be an appeal against the acquittal of the former police commanders, who had been accused of involvement in last year´s killings of unarmed protesters.
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Protesters see the success of Ahmed Shafiq in the first round of the election as proof that the allies of the former president still have huge influence, our correspondent says.
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Thousands protested overnight in Cairo and other cities after the sentences were handed down. Many chanted "down with the military rule" - the slogan of last year´s revolution.
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Mubarak, 84, and his former interior minister Habib al-Adly were jailed for life for complicity in the killing of protesters. But there was widespread anger over the acquittals.
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Mohammed Mursi visited Tahrir Square on Saturday night and later told reporters that, if elected, he would retry Mubarak and former regime officials suspected of involvement in killing protesters.
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"The best guarantee to reach our goals is for the revolution to continue," he said.
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Mubarak is the first former leader to be tried in person since the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011.
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Announcing the verdicts, Judge Ahmed Refaat said Mubarak and Adly had failed to stop security forces using deadly force against unarmed demonstrators.
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Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were acquitted on separate charges of corruption.
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But his sons will remain in detention as they are to be charged with stock market manipulation.
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Mubarak, who ruled the country from 1981 to 2011, had faced a possible death sentence over the killing of about 850 protesters.
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The first leader toppled during the Arab Spring was Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, who was found guilty in absentia of drugs and gun charges in July.
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels in October. Yemen´s Ali Abdullah Saleh received immunity from prosecution after handing over power in November. (© BBC MMXII 06/03/12)
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