CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's state prosecutor has asked the general intelligence service and interior ministry to provide possible evidence in a probe of Islamists over clashes with liberals last week, state media said Tuesday. The prosecutor was acting on 53 complaints, some against senior members of President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement, of orchestrating Friday's unrest in which dozens of people were injured, Al-Akhbar newspaper reported. Essam al-Erian, the acting head the Brotherhood's political party, is among those accused of organising the rally that degenerated into the worst clashes between supporters and opponents of Mursi since his election in June.

The demonstration was called to denounce the acquittal of former regime members accused of a deadly attack against protesters during the uprising that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. It was held in Cairo's Tahrir Square a day after Mursi unsuccessfully tried to remove the prosecutor, Abdel Meguid Mahmud, following the acquittal of 24 former regime officials and supporters. Mahmud, a Mubarak appointee, cannot be fired or replaced unless he quits or hits retirement age, according to a law meant to shield him from presidential interference.