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Trial of Mubarak Closes, Trial of US Citizens on Sunday

Trial of Mubarak Closes, Trial of US Citizens on Sunday

A verdict in the trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will be delivered on June 2. Mubarak’s trial has turned out to be more “political theater” as Al Jazeera notes, rather than the hoped-for historic moment when the deposed ruler would be brought to justice for the abuses and corruption that were rife during his 30 years in power. The trial began in August and has proceeded in fits and starts, with a “short investigation period, brief hearings, a three-month hiatus, incomplete testimonies and a speedy ending.” Lawyers also say that the prosecution has presented a week case, delivering “sermons rather than hard evidence.”

Mubarak is not being tried for crimes committed during his three decades as Egypt’s president but on charges of ordering security forces to fire on protesters during the 18-day revolution last year, during which some 850 were killed and thousands injured. He is also being tried on charges of corruption as are his sons, Alaa and Gamal. Mubarak declined the chance to address the court though his interior minister Habib al-Adly — who, along with six security chiefs, is charged with ordering troops to fire on demonstrators — spoke for an hour and a half.

Mubarak, Adly and the security chiefs could all face the death penalty.

Trial of Americans on Sunday

One year after the revolution, Egypt’s transition government seems to be “determined to shoot itself in both feet” as New York Times columnist Tom Friedman writes. 43 people, including at least 16 U.S. citizens one of whom is Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s son, Sam LaHood, will be put on trial on Sunday, on charges of bringing unregistered funds into Egypt to promote democracy without a license. Besides the Americans, 14 Egyptians, 3 Serbs, 2 Lebanese, 2 Germans, a Palestinian, a Jordanian and a Norwegian will be put on trial.

The prosecution is relying largely on the testimony of the thirteen accusers:

The prosecution’s dossier also shows leaps of logic in a case that hasimperiled a decades-old alliance with Washington and threatened Egyptwith the loss of $1.5 billion in aid. The case, for example, cites documents seized in December from one group, the International Republican Institute, that included Wikipedia maps of Egypt showing the country divided into four parts. While Egypt is typically described as comprising four regions — upper and lower Egypt, greater Cairo and the Suez Canal and Sinai region — the prosecution suggested that the maps showed a plan to dismember the country.

A holdover from the Mubarak era, Fayza Abul Naga, the minister of planning and international cooperation, is described as the “primary force” behind the prosecution. The prosecution’s dossier accuses the groups of working “in coordination with the C.I.A.,” serving “U.S. and Israeli interests” and fomenting “religious tensions between Muslims and Copts,” all with the intention of “bringing down the ruling regime in Egypt, no matter what it is” and “pandering to the U.S. Congress, Jewish lobbyists and American public opinion.”

The impending trial has severely endangered relations between Egypt and the U.S., which currently gives $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt’s army. The leaders of the Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, who hold a majority in Egypt’s recently elected Parliament, have said that, should the aide be withheld, they will review Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel “in retaliation.”

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9:35PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

It didn't happen here in this country either. Chaney and Bush are still walking around free murderers. But Obama will put Bradley Manning away for the rest of his life for exposing the
human rights abuses he saw, and would do the same to Julian Assange if he get's his hands on him. To quote Einstein "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity" What an ugly world we've created! Torture and killing of innocents is okay as long as the US is protecting itself from terrorists. What is really scary to me is how many Americans believe this!

8:00PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Kangaroo courts and a slide toward brutal Shari'ah law.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the even more hard-line Salafists won 75% of the vote in Egypt. It's going to get ugly...

4:01PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Ahron E

"John D. and Ernest R. want a new war between Egypt and Israel"

Where did either of us say that?

2:57PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

The aid went into Billions for Egypt? No not for Egypt, it was for keeping the despots and dictators in power over the will of Egyptian people. Now that they have been removed the killing machines given as aid can also stop and quite right too.

The aid did nothing but to terrorise the public and made them subservient to the puppets of the West. The new rulers will hopefully take no such aid from anyone and if anyone wishes to help then they need to build the educational or other civilian institutions.

Let them gather no more arms and the killing machines but start to rebuild the country without suppression of the masses.

Ehran : the Zionist, supremist and supporter of oppressors and an apartheid state. They have stolen everything from the indigenous population and made it their own while US and other Western countries have aided and abetted them in this huge crime of the centuary. It was not the Palestinians who incinerated the Jews in the gas chambers but have suffered the same fate from the decedents of the Jews.
Some people are being punished for denying the genocide against Jews while the Zionists (not the true Jews) are carrying out the same acts up on other innocent human beings.

Of course according to the Zionists leaders of today and the past have considered the people of Palestine as nothing more than even the animals. I wish the world wakes up to realise that the illegitimate zionist state of Isreal is the most destabilizing place in the whole world.

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