Cairo court indicts ElBaradei for, er, resigning
posted at 10:53 am on August 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
To paraphrase Boromir from The Lord of the Rings: One does not just resign from a military-imposed Egyptian government. A law professor from Helwan University filed a complaint against Mohamed ElBaradei for “breaching national trust” with his resignation — and a court has scheduled a trial:
A Cairo court has set a September trial date for Mohamed ElBaradei, the recently-resigned interim vice president for foreign affairs, on charges of “breaching national trust.” …
In his resignation letter, ElBaradei lamented the violent crackdown, warning of a “state of polarisation and grave division… the social fabric is threatened as violence breeds violence.”
According to the complaint, ElBaradei’s resignation gave the wrong impression to the international community, suggesting that the Egyptian government had used excessive force against protesters. “[This] contradicts reality,” the complaint said.
The court could decide to throw out the charges at the first hearing, but don’t expect ElBaradei to appear on his own behalf. He fled to Vienna after his resignation, and shows no particular urgency to return to Egypt.