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Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gets life in prison

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posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 06:06 AM
Hosni Mubarak, one of the most recent dictators to fall from grace in the middle east was handed down a sentence of life in prison today by judge Ahmed Refaat in a Cairo court for ordering the killings of hundreds of protestors during last summers uprising in Egypt.The general public seems to be happy with the sentence but there are some skeptics who believe Mubarak should be put to death for the crimes he committed. Outside the courthouse several protestors chanted “we want execution” and “enough talk” during the ex-presidents arrival. The 84 year old, who has been suffering from various health problems since last year arrived at the courthouse in an ambulance and was wheeled inside on a hospital gurney.

Mubarak ruled Egypt for almost 30 years with an iron fist. He is the first president of Egypt in modern times to be tried by his own people in a normal Egyptian court of law.


posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 06:30 AM
reply to post by acroagogue

It's incredible how they wait until these 'dictators' have one foot in the grave before sentencing them to death, similar to Taylor. What good does it do for any of us? If anything we need more western politicians tried as well.

posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 06:35 AM
What happened to Zahi Hawass, and who is taking over his job ?

posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 06:40 AM
Interesting step, basically taken by the military here. There were a lot of rumors circulating prior to the verdict that he may be acquitted.

Interesting verdicts on the other cases being trialed.

Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly also received a life sentence over the deaths of demonstrators. Mubarak and his two sons - Gamal and Alaa - were acquitted on separate charges of corruption. Hussein Salem, business tycoon who fled to Spain, was found not guilty of corruption. The sentence also included acquitting six other senior police officers, including four of Adli's former deputies. They are Hassan Abd El Rahman, Deputy Interior Minister and Head of State Security; Adli Fayed, Deputy Interior Minister and Head of General Security; Ahmed Ramzy, Head of Central Security Forces; and Ismail al-Shaer, former director of security for Cairo. The other two are Interior Ministry officials Osama al-Marassy and Omar Faramawy, both directors of security for the Greater Cairo provinces.

You would think the likes of Rahman & Fayed, who were from their positions basically in charge of the state security forces who killed protesters, would be found guilty.

Mubarak deserved, though the weight of evidence to go down, but for me his guilty verdict shields others who may have been even more complicit in the violence and corruption throughout his reign and end of days.

The military who remain the overwhelming power in the country protecting their own while offering a sacrifice to appease and distract the people?

posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 06:51 AM
Now that Mubarak is officially recognised as a "bad guy", maybe it's time to look at his "friends".

"I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family." - Hillary Clinton

"I think President Mubarak needs to be treated as he deserved over the years, because he has been a good friend." - Dick Cheney

posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 08:15 AM
Latest development.

"Hosni Mubarak suffered from a surprise health crisis when his aircraft landed in Tora prison," the official MENA news agency reported.

Nile News, a state-owned news channel, said Mubarak suffered a heart attack.

posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 08:21 AM
reply to post by acroagogue

Mubarak should had taken up Israel's offer of exile there. However, no doubt Mubarak will have 5 star acommodation in jail for the time he has left. Will be interesting to see what happens to his wife and sons.
edit on 2-6-2012 by bluemirage5 because: (no reason given)

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