August 19, 2013
Hosni Mubarak to be freed 'by end of week'?Topics: Egypt, Political News and commentaries
With a military crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood continuing unabated this week and a renewed effort to disband the Muslim Brotherhood afoot, now there's word that Hosni Mubarak is about to be released from prison. According to his lawyer, the judiciary is about to free the former dictator after being cleared in a corruption case:
Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail soon after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer and a judicial source said on Monday.As Ed Morrissey points out over at Hot Air, Mubarak's release may very well be the wildest of wild cards in the roller-coaster Egyptian version of the Arab Spring:
Mubarak, 85, was arrested after he was ousted. In scenes that mesmerized Arabs, the former leader appeared in a court-room cage during his trial on charges that ranged from corruption to complicity in the murder of protesters.
More than a year on, the only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rest on another corruption case which his lawyer, Fareed el-Deeb, said would be settled swiftly.
"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week," Deeb told Reuters.
There is no telling what the impact of a free Mubarak will have on the situation, but as long as the military is holding Morsi and the other Muslim Brotherhood leaders while Mubarak walks free, it's certain that the Brotherhood's reaction isn't going to be joyful. Even those sympathetic to the military coup may have little patience with this turn of affairs, especially if Mubarak attempts to re-enter public life, assuming he's not still incapacitated.Although compared to the Muslim Brotherhood even Mubarak is an improvement, I doubt that there's even the remotest chance we'll see Mubarak do anything but return to private life ... and a low key one at that. Clearly, the Egyptian people have had their fill of both ... and for now, are standing behind their military with high hopes of a 'real' Arab Spring emerging in Egypt. One thing is certain, they want nothing to do with sharia and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Can you imagine the world's outcry (especially Obama's) if 40 mosques were burned and thousands of Muslims were murdered by Christians?
Posted by Hyscience at August 19, 2013 8:24 AM
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