Mohamed ElBaradei, former vice president for foreign affairs, will face trial on 19 September for charges of “betraying fiduciary duty,” according state-owned Al-Ahram.
Sayed Atiq, the lawyer who filed complaint said that ElBaradei’s resignation was a “betrayal to fiduciary duty,” after his appointment by the National Salvation front and interim government.
He claimed that Baradei’s resignation created a “false impression” that the Egyptian government used excessive force to disperse sit-ins, adding that “he betrayed this duty, which is betrayal to the nation,” according to Al-Ahram.
“The Lawyers’ Syndicate ID should be confiscated from this lawyer,” said Malek Adly, a human rights lawyer with the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights.
Adly added that such a crime does not exist; any public officer has the right to resign, and that if his resignation were a “betrayal”, it would not have been accepted by President Adly Mansour.
Rania Azab, ElBaradei’s spokeswoman said she had no information on the case and did not wish to make a comment.
ElBaradei resigned from his position as vice president for foreign affairs following the dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins by the Ministry of Interior, saying in his resignation that “it is hard for me to be responsible for decisions I do not agree with, and ” I cannot be responsible in front of God and Egyptian people for one blood drop that could have not been shed.”