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40 Islamists file lawsuit accusing ElBaradei of 'insulting sharia'
Reformist ElBaradei is also accused of insulting various preachers, calling them 'clowns' and 'merchants of religion'
Ahram Online, Sunday 11 Nov 2012
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Mohamed ElBaradei
Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: AP)

A complaint was filed with the prosecutor general on Sunday by forty Egyptian lawyers, accusing renowned reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei of offending Islamists, of being against Islamic sharia law and of having insulted prominent Islamist preachers.

According to Ahram Arabic news website, the complaint was based on statements made by the founder of the Constitution Party against last Friday's protest, which called for the implementation of Islamic sharia law in Egypt.

Last Friday, thousands of Salafist supporters gathered at Tahrir Square to demand a constitution based on Islamic law.

The complaint claims that ElBaradei, during a press conference held on Friday in Aswan, Upper Egypt, described some religious preachers as "clowns" and "merchants of religion".

A similar charge was made by spokesperson of Salafist Nour party Yosry Hamad on Saturday via his official Facebook page.

Hammad also claimed that ElBaradei described some religious preachers as "clowns" and "merchants of religion" during the Aswan press conference.

On Friday, ElBaradei held a press conference in Aswan where he denounced divisions related to the constitution by political forces and called for groups to unite in order to achieve the goals of the revolution.

Last September, ElBaradei, along with Hamdeen Sabbahi's Egyptian Popular Current, called for a boycott of the Constituent Assembly, accusing it of being Islamist-dominated.





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Ddemocracia
21-11-2012 09:11pm
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AO: You are making yourself ridiculous
Again: Why AO allows so many comments telling awful lies and giving incorrect 'informations' about Mr. El Baradei and in the same time hold the other ones back. It is ridiculous as you can see in the jugdment about the published comments, which speak a completely different language. You are making yourself ridiculous. If you don't want an open discussion, if you want censorship, if you just want to publish the opinions fitting to your ideas, then you should stop this commentation and just publish the articles and basta! It would be at least more honest!!!
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Nora
22-11-2012 10:49pm
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Can't stand someone dislike my hero!!!!
Hi "Ddemocracia, Mr. El-Bardadie, is a public figure. Some like him, some think of him as an agent. I really do not think much of him. I am not sure why you want to censor other opinions. Please educate your on his history. He spent twelve-year at the helm of the IAEA, squeezing the Iraqi, under the very famous WMD pretext to occupy Iraq. There is a list of untold stories on the misery of Iraqi's children. Mr. El-baradei never dared to speak against Isreal's arsenal of WMD. How can we trust him to lead Egypt. He could be your 'secret cow', but for others, he is just an out of touch elite. He is smart enough not to run for a public office, as the truth about him will come to light.
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mumby
13-11-2012 04:13pm
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counter same way
ElBaradei did the same to Islamist in lawsuit.Some people think insulting Muslims preachers as a freedom of speech but when Islamisi insult them they go to lawsuit.this bad habit. ElBaradei had been work for US ..... don't trust him, he is having hidden agenda
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A woman
12-11-2012 11:46pm
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What is your political credentials other than tweeting
Can Mr.Albaradei tell us the real reasons that he marched back from presidency race and what did he do to protest during Mubarak era that he is now insulting people spent most of their lives imprisoned for the freedom of speech against the old regime and also can he please tell us what did he do to Iraq when he was in the nuclear weapon team then .
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Jon
12-11-2012 04:33pm
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A major distraction
The flow of defamation lawsuits is a major distraction for Egypt, both for the continued political development of the country and for the courts' capacity to fight real crime. It is upon time to radically reform the legislation on insults. Egyptians must develop thicker skin and tolerate more debate. Leading politicians should not be encompassed by defamation laws at all.
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Oscar
12-11-2012 09:15am
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ElBaradei has no Right of 'insulting sharia'
ElBaradei is not a Reformist. He is unpopular coward. His credentials are he could not govern IAEA, and eventually had to be kicked out from IAEA. He thinks he is smart. He may be educated, but not smart. He should study Sharia.
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Dr. Adel sarhan
12-11-2012 08:53am
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Fatal Stupid mistake Mr. Baradei
I very much regret that one day I thought that Egypt will finally know the clean polite respectable practice of politics when Dr. baradei decided to settle in Egypt and indulge in the political affairs to set an example in respectable polite sincere practice. Unfortunately he was dragged to the same dirty game and practiced at the same way of unrespectable politicians. I always thought he will have differences with some and this is natural , but I thoght he will practice the clean way of dealing with his opponents. Now he is just like others insulting his opponents and more stupidly speaks with sarcasm and scornfully about Shariaa and its supporters forgetting that this is a very sensitive matter and red line to majority of muslims, Why loose respect of those poeple, why don`t you express what you think in a polite way and in the frame of respect to other poeple beliefs or be wise enough to avoid it. Why give the imppression that you were bluffing when you were talking about clean pol
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Dina
12-11-2012 07:36am
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Show must go on
Seems, the courts in Egypt will be busy with the one and only agenda.
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Chris
12-11-2012 02:57am
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History Repeats
The crackdown by radical Muslims on the liberals who helped spark the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt is hardly surprising. The same thing happened in the French and Russian Revolutions. A detailed analysis of this phenomenon is contained in "The Anatomy of Revolution" by Craine Brinton. Egypt is in for a cruel Arab winter.
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John
11-11-2012 08:59pm
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This is why
This is why freedom of speech, even insulting freedom of speech, is required. Without freedom of speech there can be no discussion. Mr. ElBaradei will now have to spend a great deal of time and money defending himself against these legal charges. Where will that money come from? Will Mr. ElBaradei finance his own defense? Will he receive money from contributors? Will those contributors expect favors in return? I do not know Mr. ElBaradei and I cannot answer those questions in his specific case. But his specific case is an example of why freedom of speech is needed in order for political discourse to proceed and real change to be possible WITHOUT RESORTING TO VIOLENCE. The price people pay for freedom of speech is that people and, yes, religions are insulted.
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