Skip to comments.Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak’s Conviction
Posted on 01/13/2013 11:23:18 AM PST by SunkenCiv
An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday overturned the life sentence of former President Hosni Mubarak for directing the killing of protesters, a ruling that could prolong a politically fraught legal battle over the fate of Egypts deposed autocrat two years after he was ousted.
The court is said to have ordered a new trial. Although expected, the decision may also put the issue of retribution for Mr. Mubarak and his inner circle back in the news just as a campaign begins for new parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for April. The decision may also bolster the prospects of the Islamist party of President Mohamed Morsi, who campaigned last year on a pledge to seek a retrial of Mr. Mubarak, capitalizing on anger over the weak conviction shortly after it was released.
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They’re hoping he dies in prison without a permanent trial outcome.
This is big news. Look for the court to either be removed through legal proceedings under the new constitution or to mysteriously be shot to death in their beds at night. They’re brave - the Morsi government has tried time and again to eliminate these judges, but they’re still hanging in there.
That’s probably what’s going on, and what will happen, but it will be engineered through riots, rather than “legal” means.
Probably true. I think the Morsi government wanted a death penalty for Mubarak, but the court chose life imprisonment and now wants to revisit it. I don’t think that Morsi was successful in expelling or replacing them all, so I would suspect that they may have a different outcome in mind, that is, not death, but perhaps a trial on actual charges (such as corruption, which in a statist country is certainly going to happen and is happening here as our president favors certain companies and industries).
It will be interesting to see what happens. Will Morsi completely destroy the court, is there enough opposition to him to protect the judiciary, or will he simply do what he wants regardless of anything? Personally, I’m opting for the latter because, as you say, he’ll stir up the mob and they’ll obligingly riot.
Morsi may feel he may have to kill a few protesters and not set a president!