Daily Israel Report

ElBaradei to be Tried for Breach of Trust

Lawsuit filed against Egypt’s former interim Vice President over his failure to consult his supporters before resigning.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/21/2013, 6:28 AM

Mohammed ElBaradei
Mohammed ElBaradei
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Egypt’s former interim Vice President, Mohammed ElBaradei, will face trial for breach of trust, the state-run Al Ahram newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The trial is set for September 19, reported the newspaper. ElBaradei resigned as Vice President last week, after the military forcefully removed supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi from squares in Cairo where they had been staging sit-ins.

In a statement he said that he could not "continue in shouldering the responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and I fear their consequences. I cannot shoulder the responsibility for a single drop of blood."

According to Al Ahram, the case against ElBaradei was filed by ElSayed Attik, head of the criminal law department of the University of Helwan.

Attik was quoted by the newspaper as saying that ElBaradei was appointed as vice president to represent the opposition group National Salvation Front and other revolutionary movements and, as such, should have consulted them before resigning.

The lawyer was also quoted as saying that ElBaradei failed to offer a solution on how to disperse Morsi’s supporters from the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya square.

ElBaradei was originally tipped to become the interim prime minister after Morsi’s overthrow, but his candidacy was dropped after the Salafist Al-Nour voiced objection.