Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hosni Mubarak's verdict and new drama in Egypt

Finally, the day awaited the Egyptians arrived and the district court released a verdict against the former dictator Hosni Mubarak, children and their accomplices. In this ruling Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment and his son, Gamal and Aala were acquitted of corruption charges.

In a final ruling by the court in Cairo on Saturday (2/6) it was stated that the former dictator along with his former interior minister, Habib al-Adli, was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 900 demonstrators during the revolution in the country.

Mubarak also faces corruption charges with his two sons Alaa and Gamal. But the lawsuit was canceled. The court also withdrew a lawsuit against six of the country's security officials who were previously tried on charges of involvement in the killing of demonstrators.

The court ruling sparked clashes between the families of the victims and security forces outside the courthouse. Angry residents called the court illegitimate and demanded that Mubarak be executed. The former Egyptian dictator was transferred to a Cairo prison after a hearing session. The demonstrators also held a demonstration in Cairo, Alexandria (Alexandria), and Suez opposed the court ruling. Before the trial took place, anti and pro-Mubarak held a demonstration outside the court in Cairo.

The former Western-backed dictator was tried for a murder lawsuit against 900 demonstrators in the process of popular resistance which finally ended his three-decade rule in the Pyramid State. The court ruling was announced ahead of competition between the presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Mursi, and former Mubarak era prime minister, Ahmad Shafiq, in the second round of the June 16-17 presidential election.

Residents considered Mubarak's trial process and his verdict as a ridiculous play. Since Saturday (2/6) when Attorney Ahmad Raf'at read out the verdict for Mubarak and his children, Egypt was hit by widespread protests from residents. Residents unite to oppose the court's decision against Mubarak. The al-Tahrir roundabout again witnessed a wave of thousands of residents who opposed this decision. Not to forget the political camp and public organizations (mass organizations) also released a statement condemning the verdict. They considered this decision as a political step. The families of victims and martyrs of the Egyptian revolution besides condemning this verdict also considered it a freedom for the dictator.

Muhamad Mursi, the candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood presidential election asked all the people to hold a large-scale demonstration against this court decision. Other presidential candidates also took a similar stance. Only Ahmad Shafiq, the presidential candidate for the former Egyptian prime minister in the Mubarak era, showed a different attitude. He called on all people to accept this court ruling.

There is no doubt that from the beginning the court process that handled the lawsuit was made against Mubarak and his cronies, there were parties who tried to prevent the release of a verdict that was fair and in accordance with the expectations of the people. The majority of political observers assess the influence of the military and the High Council of the Armed Forces in the Egyptian court is very influential on the mild decision against Mubarak. In particular, the recent transformation of Egypt showing the influence of the second round of the presidential election which benefited Ahmad Shafiq became the focus of the military and the regime's elements were overthrown.

Cancellation of emergency conditions in Egypt after 30 years is a step that has been planned in advance. Now the widely circulating issue is if Ahmad Shafiq wins in the second round of the presidential election, it is possible that Mubarak's life sentence will be revoked and he will be free.

What is certain is that the efforts of the overthrown regime have freed Mubarak from the death penalty. In this case, it should not be forgotten that the efforts of the West and the Arab countries prevented the death sentence for Mubarak. Even Saudi Arabia is willing to give Mubarak ransom to Egypt for four billion dollars and hand it over to Riyadh.

This shows that there is a strong determination from a number of Egyptian internal strongholds that are affiliated with the overthrown regime and the Arab state that maintains a system of kingdoms and pro-Westerners to maintain Mubarak's life. But this is only one side. The other side is the demands of the people who sacrifice and hold revolutions and give their blood to this struggle. They struggle to uphold democracy, justice, freedom and remove the symbol of dictatorship in their country.

Mubarak is a symbol of the pro-Western dictatorship and betrays the ideals of the Palestinian people in the region. He not only tyrannized his own people, allowing most people to live below the poverty line and imprison freedom, even this dictator with an iron fist always silenced any actions that opposed him. In view of this, the Egyptian people consider only the death penalty that Mubarak has the right to accept and this decision is fair enough.

It seems that Egypt will again be hit by a wave of protests and revival of the people. Another revolution is waiting for Cairo. This was not only stated by the people, even the political camp also voiced this. A number of representatives of the Egyptian parliament stressed that if the people's demands were not met, Mubarak and all of his elements would be tried in the people's court.

IRIB / The Truth Seeker Media

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