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Emergency curfew lifted; message from Morsy vowed

| Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

CAIRO — A court declared that Egypt's 3-month-old state of emergency expired on 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 Mohamed Morsy.

Morsy, 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 Morsy addressing the Egyptian people and “all parties,” according to Morsy's son Osama, a lawyer who was among those who met him. The son said 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.

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