ElBaradei investigated for 'encouraging violence at presidential palace'

Ahram Online, Thursday 14 Feb 2013

Salafist Al-Asala Party leader files legal complaint against Mohamed ElBaradei for his comment on Twitter that violence will continue if President Morsi rejects demands of opposition

Former director of the U.N.'s nuclear agency and Nobel peace laureate Mohamed El Baradei speaks during a news conference following the meeting of the National Salvation Front, Egyptís main opposition coalition, in Cairo, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei will be investigated by the prosecution for his comments that allegedly encourage violence.

Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah ordered the investigation after a legal complaint was filed by Salafist Al-Asala Party leader Mamdouh Ismail.

Mohamed ElBaradei had said on Twitter: "The violence and chaos will continue until Morsi and his associates listen to the public's demands for a new government, a democratic constitution and an independent judiciary."

Ismail's complaint said ElBaradei had violated his endorsement of the Al-Azhar document, which was designed to help end weeks of political unrest in the country.

ElBaradei had violated religious and democratic norms and international agreements, Ismail added.

Mohamed ElBaradei is co-leader of the opposition National Salvation Front.

At least 59 people have been killed and hundreds injured in nationwide protests since the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

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