A verdict to vote on

Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

The verdict is, Hosni Mubarak is guilty as charged and was sentenced to life in prison; for a man 84-years old that might not be a long time.  Mubarak may not have quite grasped the decision as it was reported by one Arab media source that he tried to order the helicopter to deliver him to his prison hospital of choice.  We like our convicted criminals to be contrite and to apologize to the victims, the country and their family; does that look like a man who thinks he has done any wrong?   My guess would be that there are no apologies on the way. And for those with a multicultural sense of irony, he was delivered to a hospital called “Torah.”

The verdict of the people of Egypt will not be so easy to ascertain; some people are very angry and others are relieved – or so we are told.  Both presidential candidates have made a statement, Mohamed Morsi thinks it is unjust, Ahmed Shafiq thinks it proves the system works and that no one is about the law.  So, on June second it appears that one more major issue has been added to the election – if you think an execution is the only way to achieve justice, vote for Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood; and if you think putting Mubarak in prison is enough and it is time to move past this then vote for Shafiq, a former minister in Mubarak’s government.

The Brotherhood reacted quickly and judging by some of the very neat signs held by the very neat young men in the courtroom, they were prepared to make this a campaign issue; they are after all the best organized of any political or religious group in Egypt.  Shafiq not so, I suspect the Mubarak trial may add momentum to the Morsi campaign.   However, instead of paraphrasing anyone, I have included part of the official statement of the Muslim Brotherhood from their English language website.  Shafiq’s quote hardly compares.

Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Mubarak Trial Verdicts: Absurd, illogical, unreasonable, is how Egyptian people, including the Muslim Brotherhood, describe the rulings issued Saturday in the case against ousted president Mubarak, his sons and his senior police commanders for killing over 850 peaceful protesters in the January 25 revolution that toppled the old regime. The ruling, earlier today, Tuesday June 2, in the case of killing of demonstrators in Egypt’s January 25 revolution was shocking to the families of the martyrs and indeed to all the Egyptian people. Once again the questions are heard: who killed the martyrs, then, if the leaders and commanders of police are innocent? Muslim Brotherhood, 6-2-12

On the opposite, the former military man who will compete with the Mursi in a run-off presidential vote this month, said that the jailing of Mubarak in a trial over protester killings proved no one was above the law. “We do not have a right to comment on judicial rulings but this verdict indicates that no one is above questioning if the law requires,” said Shafiq, who has described Mubarak as a role model on his official Facebook page. “Those rulings certainly disprove any claims that a presidential candidate can reproduce a ruling system that has ended,” he said, responding to critics who say Shafiq, who was also Mubarak’s last prime minister, would revive the old order. Al Arabiya, 6-2-12




1 Response to “A verdict to vote on”

  1. 1 Ken Adams June 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Al Jazeera is broadcasting a report saying the demonstration currently taking place in Tahrir Square is sending a clear message – the former prime minister of Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Shafig has no chance now to be elected because of the Mubarak verdict. I promise, I wrote the blog first, before Al Jazeera caught on – maybe they read my blog – it could happen – well maybe not.

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