Saturday, November 29, 2014
Egyptian court drops case against Mubarak and his minister of the Interior for killing protesters in 2011
Fareed al-Deeb, Mubarak's lawyer, is happy. (through Twitter)
I don't know if there were still people who needed proof of the wicked character of the new Egyptian regime of ex-field marshall El-Sisi, or of the corrupt state of the Egyptian judiciary. But here is today's news about the trial of ex-president Mubarak and his minister of the Interior al-Adly and some aides, in the case about who was responsible for the death of protesters during the revolt of 2011:
An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power. The court also acquitted on Saturday Mubarak's Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and four of his aides on charges of inciting and aiding the killing of 238 protesters during the 18-day January 2011 uprising which toppled his regime. The acquitted aides are; Ahmed Ramzy, Adly Fayed, Hassan Abdel Rahman and Ismail al-Shaer.
The five defendants, alongside other aides Osama al-Marasi and Omar Afifi, were also acquitted of the charge of harming their work-place.
The court has also acquitted Mubarak and Egyptian businessman Hussein Salem of the graft charges related to the exportation of gas to Israel. Salem is being tried in absentia.
Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal were accused of exploiting their influence in Salem's favour after the latter granted them five villas in the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The judge heading the trial, Mahmoud al-Rashidi said that the statute of limitations in this case has expired, and therefore the court lacks jurisdiction to rule on it.
The court also cleared Mubarak and a former oil minister of graft charges related to gas exports to Israel. In a separate corruption case, charges were dropped against Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal, with Judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi saying too much time had elapsed since the alleged crime took place for the court to rule on the matter.
The 86-year-old former president will walk free after Saturday's verdicts. He was found guilty in May in another case related to theft of public funds and has been serving that three-year sentence while under house arrest for medical reasons in an army hospital in an upscale Cairo suburb, but his term started from the moment he was arrested and by now the three years have expired .
The packed courtroom erupted in cheers after the judge finished reading the verdicts. Mubarak, wearing sunglasses and a sweater, had been grim-faced when he was wheeled into the courtroom on a stretcher.
The whole scenery served to underscore the fact that the 25 January Revolution has failed and its gains have been erased. By now the ''real'' revolution was the revolution of 3 July 2013, when the army undertook a coup and disposed the elected president Mohammed Morsi. The 25 January revolution by now is called ''a conspiracy instigated by foeign forces''. Many of its leaders are in prison or in exile, and so are thousands of Muslim Brothers. Mubarak ans sons are free and almost all of the former tycoons and leaders from his time are back in place.