Former Egyptian VP ElBaradei to be sued for `betrayal of trust`

Egypt`s former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei will be sued in court for a betrayal of trust over his decision to quit the army-backed government in protest at its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Updated: Aug 21, 2013, 12:43 PM IST

Johannesburg: Egypt`s former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei will be sued in court for a betrayal of trust over his decision to quit the army-backed government in protest at its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

The case was filed by Sayyed Ateeq, a law professor at Helwan University , and will be heard in a Cairo court on 19 September.

According to news24, ElBaradei was the most prominent liberal to endorse the military`s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi on 3 August following mass protests.

But he resigned on August 14 after security forces used force to crush the protest camps set up by Morsi`s Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, killing hundreds of people, the report said.

Ateeq said that he raised the case against ElBaradei. He was appointed in his capacity as a representative of the NSF and the majority of the people who signed the Tamarod declaration.

He added that ElBaradei had a duty to go back to those who entrusted him and ask to resign.

According to the report, Ateeq said that, if found guilty, ElBaradei could face a three year jail sentence.

ElBaradei left Egypt earlier this week for Europe and is unlikely to attend any hearing in this case.

ANI