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article imageMohamed ElBaradei to be tried for breach of national trust

By Ken Hanly     Aug 20, 2013 in Politics
Cairo - Former vice-president of foreign affairs in the Egyptian military-backed interim government, Mohamed ElBaradei will face the charges in September.
The charges against ElBaradei were filed by Sayed Ateeq, head of the Criminal Law Department at Helwan University's Faculty of Law, according to the state-run Al Ahram news outlet. After the violent crackdown on pro-Morsi demonstrators, ElBaradei resigned his position on August 14. The charges claim that by resigning ElBaradei betrayed the public. If convicted he could be fined $1,430.
A former spokesperson for the National Salvation Front, of which ElBaradei is one of the founders, said that the decision of the prosecutor general to refer the case to the court reflects the extreme atmosphere of polarization in Egypt at present:"This is a reflection of the atmosphere in Egypt right now. You cannot take your independent stand or otherwise you will be considered breaching national trust. The complaint against ElBaradei is ridiculous. I just even could not believe this kind of case will be filed."
The complaint alleges that ElBaradei's resignation gave the erroneous impression to the international community that the government had used excessive force against the protesters, a claim that contradicts reality according to the complaint. In his resignation letter, ElBaradei did lament the violence involved in the crackdown warning of the creation of a "state of polarisation and grave division... the social fabric is threatened as violence breeds violence." The fact the charge was even made, actually supports this observation. The judge at the September hearing will decide if the complaint will proceed further.
ElBaradei's resignation and comments represent a sharp U-turn from his earlier position that defended the ouster of Morsi:"We did not have a recall process,. People ask for the recall process with their feet in Tahrir Square. In my judgment, we could not have waited even one more week.” Now ElBaradei sees the violent crackdown as a betrayal of the hopes of those calling for the ouster of Morsi. After his resignation ElBaradei and his family left Egypt and they are currently in Vienna.
The military-backed regime seems intent on charging anyone opposing them. Morsi, the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood and many others are all facing charges but now even a renowned liberal and Nobel Prize winner is also being charged.
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