Case on stripping ElBaradei's nationality referred to State Commissioners Authority

Ahram Online, Sunday 13 Apr 2014

Former Vice President for International Affairs Mohamed ElBaradei is accused in a legal case of being antagonistic towards the Egyptian people and army

Mohamed ElBaradei
Egypt's former interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei speaks during a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (unseen) at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo July 30, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Administrative Court referred Sunday to the State Commissioners Authority a case demanding that Egyptian nationality be stripped from Mohamed ElBaradei.

The plaintiff in the case, Lawyer Samir Sabry, accuses the former vice president for international affairs of being antagonistic towards the Egyptian people and army.

The State Commissioners Authority (SCA) is a body that advises the government on legal issues. The SCA's recommendations are non-binding. They are referred back to the Administrative Court which decides whether to act on the recommendations or not.

This is not the first case calling for the removal of Egyptian nationality from the Nobel laureate.

Last October, a similar case asking for the removal of the Egyptian nationality from ElBaradei, claiming he broke Egyptian law by having dual nationality without the consent of authorities, was referred to the State Commissioners Authority. The Authority said there was no evidence that ElBaradei held foreign nationality and recommended that call to strip his Egyptian nationality be rejected. 

ElBaradei resigned from his position as vice president on 14 August in objection to the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo by security forces that left hundreds of dead, saying he was troubled by the loss of life “particularly as I believe it could have been avoided."

Following his resignation, ElBaradei left the country for Europe.

The former head of the liberal Constitution Party has been subject to a smear campaign by some journalists and politicians who charged that his resignation was "unpatriotic," accusing him of abandoning the government, and country, at a critical moment.

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