CAIRO -- Egypt's president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.

In his first public speech addressing tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters, Morsi promised Saturday to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

He also promised to free detained Egyptian protesters facing military tribunals.

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  • Egyptians greet President-elect Mohammed Morsi, not pictured, following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Egyptians watch the convoy of president-elect Mohammed Morsi, not pictured, following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • An Egyptian climbs to watch the convoy of Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi as he leaves Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Egyptians gather to see President-elect Mohammed Morsi, not pictured, following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)

  • Egyptian President-elect Mohammed Morsi, right, shakes hands with Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, center, at Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)

  • Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi waves to his supporters following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Egyptian President-elect Mohammed Morsi, center, prays with Grand Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib, center left, and Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, left, at Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)

  • Egyptian President-elect Mohammed Morsi, center, prays with Grand Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib, left, at Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)

  • Egyptian President-elect Mohammed Morsi waves at worshippers following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)

  • Egyptians gather to see President-elect Mohammed Morsi, not pictured, following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)

  • Egyptian worshippers greet President-elect Mohammed Morsi, not pictured, following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Egyptians greet President-elect Mohammed Morsi, not pictured, following Friday prayers at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)



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