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Second session of El-Baradei's trial on 'breach of faith' charges booked

February 5, 2014 at 2:12 am

The Nasr City Misdemeanour court, headed by Judge Ahmed Thabet, has set 26 October as the date for the second session of the case against Dr Mohamed El-Baradei, former Egyptian Vice President of International Relations, on charges of “breaching faith”.

The prosecutor filing the charges against El-Baradei is basing his case on the fact that El-Baradei was chosen to be the state’s vice president as a representative of the National Salvation Front and the revolutionary forces, not because of who he is as an individual. They prosecutor also points out that he took the position as a representative and not as an individual, as stated in his resignation letter dated 14 August, after the violent dispersal of the sit-ins at the Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda Squares.

The prosecutor adds that the resignation is considered a betrayal of the public, stressing that El-Baradei’s failure to consult the national forces that appointed him before resigning gave the international and foreign parties an impression of him that is contrary to reality, and gave the image that the Egyptian government used excessive force and went beyond its right of defence.

The prosecutor is basing his claims on Article 341 of the Penal Code pertaining to treason.