Johannesburg: Egypt's former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei will be sued in court for a betrayal of trust over his decision to quit the army-backed government in protest at its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
The case was filed by Sayyed Ateeq, a law professor at Helwan University, and will be heard in a Cairo court on 19 September.
According to news24, ElBaradei was the most prominent liberal to endorse the military's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi on 3 August following mass protests.
But he resigned on August 14 after security forces used force to crush the protest camps set up by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, killing hundreds of people, the report said.
Ateeq said that he raised the case against ElBaradei. He was appointed in his capacity as a representative of the NSF and the majority of the people who signed the Tamarod declaration.
He added that ElBaradei had a duty to go back to those who entrusted him and ask to resign.
According to the report, Ateeq said that, if found guilty, ElBaradei could face a three year jail sentence.
ElBaradei left Egypt earlier this week for Europe and is unlikely to attend any hearing in this case.