Two of Egypt's highest courts have suspended their work in protest of Mohamed Morsi's controversial immunity decree, saying they won't be intimidated by the president's attempt to limit their power over him. A spokesman for the Constitutional Court said that its justices "won't be terrorized by threats or blackmail and will not submit to any pressure on it in any direction." Most members of the Constitutional Court were appointed by Morsi's successor, Hosni Mubarak, and during his speech last Friday Morsi implied that the court is corrupt and leaks verdicts before they are announced. Egypt's "Judges' Club" has already declared his decree unconstitutional, leading to behind the scene negotiations between the president and the leading members of the judiciary. In the meantime, the nation's highest appeals court has just announced it will suspend its work in protest of the decree. Thousands of demonstrators remained in Cairo's Tahrir Square overnight, as opponents continue calls for Morsi to rescind his decree or even resign from office.
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