The former U.N. nuclear chief on Thursday strongly condemned the beating of one of his supporters, allegedly by State Security agents, adding that the tactic would not silence calls for change. Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement cited by The Associated Press that the beating is a blatant violation of all laws and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Taha Abdel-Tawab, a 36-year old physiotherapist, attempted to organize a rally last week in support of ElBaradei in the oasis province of Fayoum. The gathering was stopped by security and he was detained, interrogated and beaten, according to his lawyer. "I condemn in the strongest words the barbaric assault this innocent citizen has been subjected to," ElBaradei said. "These actions will not under any condition scare, terrorize or silence our people."
"Such uncivilized methods are a blatant violation of all laws and customs and the perpetrators should be held accountable before local and international courts," his statement added.