EGYPT and Mubarak trial
Laaska News August 3,2011
50 injured in clashes between pro and anti Mubarakists
At least 50 people have been injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, a Health Care Ministry official reports.
The belligerent parties were throwing bottles and stones at each other near a police station where Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal faced trail charged of corruption and jobbery.
The three swore on Quran that they’re not guilty.
Mubarak’s supporters, opponents rally outside Cairo’s Police Academy as his trial begins
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attend a rally outside the Police Academy in Egypt’s capital city of Cairo, Aug. 3, 2011. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s trial started Wednesday in Cairo’s Police Academy. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)
Hosni Mubarak appears before court
The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, accused of savage treatment of demonstrators and corruption, has appeared before court at Cairo’s Police Academy. The former President was brought to Cairo from a Sharm-ash-Sheikh hospital where he stayed under arrest over the last four months. The gravely ill 83 year-old Mubarak was wheeled into a holding cell in the courtroom. The former Interior Minister Habib El-Adli, his six aides and the former President’s sons Gamal and Alaa are also in the dock. Egyptian television is covering the trial live. Mubarak was at the helm in Egypt for almost 30 years and stepped down on February 11th in the wake of popular unrest.
Egyptian former president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher as he listens to the opening proceedings in a holding cell in the court room in the police academy on the outskirt of the capital Cairo where he faces murder charges. Photo: AFP PHOTO/DSK
The trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has got under way in Cairo. Over the entire period of his stay in the country’s capital city, the ex-head of state will be accompanied by the military and medical workers. Earlier, Mubarak’s lawyers said his health was deteriorating. Voice of Russia’s Maria Vesnovskaya has the details.
Hosni Mubarak had to end his 30-year-long reign in Egypt following a revolution that occurred earlier in the year. He is accused of illegally acquiring wealth whilst in power and slaughtering civilians during anti-government demonstrations. Therefore, his sentence must be as harsh as possible, says one of prosecuting attorneys Khaled Abou Bakr.
“We will join the general prosecutor to request the maximum sentence, the death sentence, because I don’t believe Mubarak’s blood is worth more than any other Egyptian’s blood.”
Mubarak’s defense team was joined by 50 lawyers selected out of 800 volunteers, even though the lecture hall of the Cairo Police Academy that will serve as a courtroom cannot seat so many people.
The trial will be broadcast live on state TV, since the people of Egypt have a right to follow the legitimacy of all procedures, political analyst General Talaat Ahmad Musallam said in an interview with the Voice of Russia.
“I think the decision to publicly try Mubarak was mainly brought about by the demands of people who still do not believe that hearings of this case will take place after all. This will be the first even public trial in Egypt. Naturally, it may have a negative impact on the court’s impartiality and affect the accuracy of its judgment,” Talaat Ahmad Musallam warns.
Facing trial along with the ex-president will be his sons Ala’a and Gamal, former Egyptian Interior minister Habib al-Adly and his six assistants. All of them are also charged with corruption and massacre. The whole world is going to attentively follow the trial, especially those Arab countries which suffered similar revolutions this year, Arab history expert Vadim Sementsov believes.
“The world has chosen in favor of democratic development, with an increasing number of people realizing the need to travel along this path rather than to obey dictators, no matter how convincing their arguments. This process will be essential for both the Arab world and many non-democratic countries, appearing as sort of a warning for dictators holding on to power through crimes,” Vadim Sementsov emphasized.
Earlier this year, a number of Arab countries lived through revolutions, part of which ended with the resignation of incumbent leaders. In Tunisia, the government resigned office; Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he wouldn’t run for a second term and Syria is still suffering from clashes between the marchers and government forces.