Leila Fadel
The Washington Post
January 12, 2012

CAIRO — Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful political force, say they want to offer the country’s ruling generals immunity from prosecution for alleged crimes committed since they took power in February, an attempt to ensure that the military returns to its barracks and allows a peaceful transition to democratic rule.

The tactic is part of a bid by the Brotherhood, the country’s largest Islamist group, to use its success in ongoing parliamentary elections to offer some compromises to help ease the military out of power.

In interviews this week, Brotherhood officials said they intend to pass legislation that will curb the military’s powers to arrest and try civilians, authority that critics say the generals have used to excess in the past 11 months. But the Brotherhood will also try to reassure them that they will not end up on trial like their former boss, Hosni Mubarak, the officials said.

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