Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of causing the deaths of 0ver 750 protestors who had gathered against his rule last year. The court also acquitted his sons of corruption charges and also 6 aides of Mubarak who were also the accused.
The agitation last year lasted 18 days and hundreds died before Mubarak stepped down. Normally people should have heaved a sigh of relief that a dictator has been made to answer for his crimes, but it has not pleased the Egyptians at all. This is a surprise as most people interviewed wanted death for the
The situation is compounded with the run off to the Presidential election which is now a straight fight between a Muslim brotherhoods man Dr Morse and a Mubarak Protégé Air Force general Ahmed Shafik. The choice to my mind is between bad and worse. The liberals have all been swept away.
The conviction of Mubarak has not appeased the anger of the masses. Many are out in the streets and
For Egypt the situation is bad. To my mind the people are feeling cheated out of the movement that threw Mubarak. Many are asking "is this what we wanted?”
In the meantime the lawyer of Mubarak has pointed out that there are many holes in the judgment and he will be appealing against the verdict. We will have to await the winner in the Presidential election to gauge which direction Egypt will head. The Army I dare say will have the last word for sure.