Sinai Province militants call for attacks on Egypt's judges - recording
CAIRO The leader of Sinai Province, a militant group in Egypt with links to Islamic State, called on followers to attack judges in an audio statement posted on a prominent jihadist website on Wednesday.
A spate of attacks targeting judges suggests they are the latest targets of an Islamist insurgency centred in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of Egyptian security forces in the past two years.
"It is wrong for the tyrants to jail our brothers," cleric Abu Osama al-Masry said, referring to judges. "Poison their food... surveil them at home and in the street... destroy their homes with explosives if you can."
A new front against judges could spell trouble for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has only just managed to deliver a degree of stability after ousting President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
Although the judiciary says it is independent of the government and military, some of Egypt's judges have drawn accusations of blatant bias by handing down lengthy jail terms and mass death sentences against Islamists.
The recording appeared days after a court's decision to seek the death penalty for Mursi and follows the state's execution of six members of Sinai Province for an attack on soldiers in Cairo last year.
Reuters could not confirm the authenticity of the recording.
(Reporting by Mostafa Hashem and Mahmoud Mourad; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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