SCAF to discuss Mubarak verdict protests with Advisory Council
Egypt's ruling military council to sit with Advisory Council Monday to discuss widespread protests sparked by Saturday's Mubarak trial verdict
Ahram Online, Monday 4 Jun 2012
File photo: Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (4th L), the head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and chief of staff of the Egyptian armed forces Sami Anan sit with assistants (Photo: Reuters)
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) will hold a meeting Monday morning with its Advisory Council to discuss mass protests that erupted across Egypt following the controversial verdict in the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak and a number of senior figures in the former regime.
They will also discuss some of the protesters' demands, including the formation of a presidential council made up of revolutionary figures to rule the country during the coming period and the postponement of the presidential election runoff slated for 16-17 June.
The meeting will take place at the Ministry of Defence and will be followed by a press conference.
The council was set up by the SCAF for "consultative purposes" in November 2011.
Protests broke out across Egypt on Saturday after Mubarak and his former interior minister Habib El-Adly were slapped with life sentences—seen as too light by many Egyptians—for participating in the crime of killing of protesters during last year's January 25 Revolution. Six police chiefs were acquitted of the same charges.
In a separate corruption case, meanwhile, Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, and Egyptian business tycoon Hussein Salem were all found not guilty by the same judge.