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ElBaradei still allowed to practice law in Egypt

Sept. 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

CAIRO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Egyptian officials said former Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, who resigned in protest, has not been stripped of his ability to practice law.

The international respected Nobel laureate whose participation was seen as lending legitimacy to the interim government imposed by military officials after the ousted former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, was previously thought to have had his law license stripped after resigning his government post, Ahram Online reported Monday.

ElBaradei resigned after military officials began engaging in violent confrontations with Morsi supporters angry about his ouster. Several days of protests in August turned bloody, with government forces firing on the largely unarmed Morsi supporters.

Sameh Ashour, head of Egypt's lawyers' syndicate, said ElBaradei is still a member in good standing who's free to practice law if he wishes. Ashour denied media reports ElBaradei, who is now living in Europe, was banned from practicing law and said the confusion came from questions about the lawyers' syndicate rewriting rules governing membership.

Ahram Online said the syndicate has used revised rules to keep thousands of lawyers from practicing in Egyptian courts.

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