ElBaradei trial begins
Mohamed ElBaradei

The first session in the court case against former government figure Mohamed ElBaradei was held at the Nasr City Misdemeanor Court on Thursday, the privately owned daily newspaper Al-Shorouk reported.

After today’s session, the court ruled to postpone the next hearing until October 19.

ElBaradei, a founder of the liberal Dostour Party, is facing charges of treason after he resigned from his position as vice president for foreign affairs on August 14 in protest against the state-backed dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins that left over 600 protesters dead.

Sayed Ateeq, head of the criminal law department at Helwan University, filed the case against ElBaradei. The lawyer argued the reform activist had been entrusted by the National Salvation Front — a coalition of left-leaning parties that had opposed former President Mohamed Morsi’s government — to take a leading role in the interim government, and that ElBaradei had failed to consult the NSF on his decision to resign.

ElBaredei’s decision to leave the government also sent a negative message about Egypt to the international community, Ateeq claimed.

ElBaradei fled to Austria shortly after his resignation.