Mubarak and sons, ex-Interior minister, business mogul to face trial for killings, corruption
Special to USAfricaonline.com:
USAfrica, May 24, 2011: Egypt’s Public Prosecutor’s office has announced that ousted and disgraced
former president Hosni Mubarak, his sons, Gamal and Alaa, and Hussein Salem, a wealthy and well-known businessman, have been referred to the criminal courts to face charges of killing pro-democracy activists and protesters during the agitation of January 25, 2011 across Egypt.
The former soldier and dictator Mubarak is also facing charges alongside his sons for abusing and misusing their political positions status for personal accumulation of wealth through the cornering of state’s funds for personal gains.
Mubarak is also accused of conspiring with the former interior minister of Egypt Habib El-Adly and several police officers to deliberately commit manslaughter against Egyptians and persons who were protesting for reforms and democracy during the January 25 Revolution.
On the Facebook page of the Prosecutor, Mubarak is reported to have ordered some police officers to fire bullets into crowds of demonstrators, cause the deaths of protesters through the use vehicles to run over Egyptians, manipulation of the goals of the protesters by the defunct government’s spreading of fear with the purpose of putting an end to the protests and maintain the status quo.
According to the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram the ousted president is also accused of using his position to buy several Egyptian properties well below their market value such as a castle and four villas in Sharm El-Shiekh worth around LE40 million. Salem is accused of giving Mubarak and his two sons these expensive properties for small amounts of money. In return, the ousted president allegedly allowed Salem to own huge tracts of land, reaching up to a million metres, in South Sinai and Sharm el-Sheikh.Earlier, the prosecutor-general ordered a travel-ban on the aforementioned figures, but Salem was already out of Egypt. International police have been asked to arrest Salem. Gamal and Alaa Mubarak are already being detained in Tora prison. The Public Prosecutor’s office has also transferred the case pertaining to Mubarak’s suspected weapons dealings to the military courts as they are the responsible entity in such matters.
USAfrica notes that the announcements on the Mubaraks have been time to minimize the disappointment of democracy activists who insist the speed of change in Egypt is too slow and most of the machines of oppression are still intact. The January 25 revolution activists have sine announced a demonstration for Friday May 27, 2011 primarily in Cairo.
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