Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Egyptian military junta refuses to grant a pardon to Hosni Mubarak

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which ruled Egypt since the end of Hosni Mubarak, on Wednesday denied having studied the possibility of pardoning the deposed president, accused of embezzlement, abuse of power and use violence to try to suppress the riots that forced his departure. According to reports published yesterday in several local media, Mubarak is preparing a message to the nation to apologize to the people and publicly renounce their property in search of an amnesty.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that there is absolutely no truth in what has been published by the media that the council is moving toward a pardon former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak or his family," said a statement posted on the Facebook page of the army. The junta also states that "not interfere in any way legal processes responsible for keeping the old regime." The clarification clears some doubts about the power of Mubarak in the military leadership.

Many are those who remember his heroic role in the air offensive against Israel in the war of October 6, 1973, which allowed Egypt to recover the Sinai Peninsula. The news of the latest move Hosni Mubarak, 83 years in detention since 13 April, has set fire to the Egyptian Red. "It seems, wants to apologize for his 30 years of torture, corruption and murder: life can return to the 800 martyrs of the revolution? [...] Your apology is enough for those who were tortured for years in prisons without trial? "he asked in a Facebook page that encouraged the 18 days of riots that forced the departure of the last pharaoh.

A revolutionary committee, composed of eight political movements, yesterday rejected any amnesty for "criminals." "We strongly warn against any attempt to pardon the former president or any representative of his regime, whose hands are stained with the blood of the people. And we reject any apology, reconciliation and even discussion on this matter." Although the information published about a possible pardon publicly, sources close to the deposed president denied this possibility because it would involve admitting that he committed crimes, which denies the former president.

According to the state newspaper "Al Ahram", Mubarak has agreed to return all assets and properties to the Egyptian state in order to achieve the end of their detention. Yesterday his wife Suzanne Thabet was released after having delivered 20 million Egyptian pounds (about $ 3.3 million) and a villa located in the affluent neighborhood of Heliopolis, in Cairo.

The wife of the deposed president remains hospitalized with her husband in the hospital International tourist city of Sharm el-Sheikh after suffering a heart attack on 13 May after being informed of the order of preventive detention of 15 days which had been imposed for unjust enrichment.

For its part, the arrest of Hosni Mubarak has been extended and is accused of abuse of power, illegal enrichment and use of violence against protesters during the riots. The couple's two sons, Alaa and Gamal, are provisionally detained since 13 April at the Tora prison on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, along with high officials of the dictatorship.

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