Lawsuit to strip Mubarak Jr, ElBaradei of nationality postponed

An Egyptian court decided on Sunday to defer a lawsuit seeking to strip Egyptian nationality from Mohamed ElBaradei, former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director and presidential hopeful, and Gamal Mubarak, the detained son of Egypt's ousted president.

Gamal is currently in detention at Tora Prison, south of Cairo, pending investigations over an array of charges, including the illegal seizure of public funds.

The Court of Administrative Jurisdiction postponed the case to 19 June, according to judicial sources, so that Gamal can be briefed about.

The plaintiff, Hamed Seddiq, a lawyer, had submitted the petition calling for both Gamal and ElBaradei to be stripped of Egyptian nationality.

Gamal Mubarak has British nationality inherited from his mother, Suzanne Thabet, the petition said. It argued that the corrupt bid of Gamal and his parents to enable him to inherit the presidency means he must be stripped of citizenship. It also contends that he violated the country's laws on nationality by failing to obtain a permission from the Ministry of Interior before acquiring British citizenship.

Meanwhile the lawsuit accuses ElBaradei of turning a blind eye to Israel's nuclear weapons during his term as IAEA director. “ElBaradei had a stake in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which makes him unworthy of carrying Egyptian nationality”, it said.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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