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Former Egyptian presidential candidates reportedly accused in 'Zionist plot'

Former Egyptian presidential candidates Mohamed El-Baradei, Hamdein Sabahy and Amr Moussa reportedly were accused of a "Zionist plot" against the state Wednesday, amid massive protests against the country's recently elected leader, Mohammed Morsi.

Egypt's public prosecutor filed a complaint against the three opposition figureheads for spying and plotting against the state, according to the Guardian. The complaint reportedly accuses the former presidential candidates of participating in a "Zionist plot" to overthrow Morsi.

Former Arab League head Moussa is also accused of secretly meeting with Tzipi Livni, Israel's former foreign minister, to plot fabricated "internal crises," according to The Hindu.

El-Baradei, former chief of the IAEA, has been an outspoken critic of Morsi in the wake of his sweeping decrees. He said on his Twitter account that Morsi put to a referendum a constitution that "undermines basic freedoms and violates universal rights. The struggle continues."

Leaders of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood have been calling on the opposition to enter a dialogue with the Islamist leader. But the opposition contends that a dialogue is pointless unless the president first rescinds his decrees and shelves the draft charter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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