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Mubarak and his men face legal accusations of high treason

Following the controversial verdict in the Mubarak trial on Saturday, public figures move to see Mubarak and associates charged with treason

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Jun 2012
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Former Egypt's president Mohamed Hosny Mubarak (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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One day after Egypt's Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in killing protesters in the January 25 Revolution, the 84-year-old ousted president is facing accusations of high treason.

On Sunday, Cairo prosecution office started looking into accusations made by a number of public figures, including writer and political researcher Ammar Ali Hassan, prominent economist Abdel Khaleq Farouk, and the poet and political activist Abdel Rahman Yousif.

"The prosecution will summon Farouk on Monday on the accusations and this is a sign that they are taking our complaint seriously," Hassan told Ahram Online.

"These are the charges that Mubarak and his men should have been facing from day one of the revolution. People did not revolt against him because he killed protesters, they revolted because he destroyed their lives and their future," he added.

The complaint, filed in May,  accuses Mubarak and many of the figures of his regime, including Mubarak's vice president, Omar Sulieman, his last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, who is now running for the presidency, and Kamal El-Ganzouri, Egypt's current prime minister.

The treason and disloyalty accusations are based on two allegations: that Mubarak and his men were not loyal to the republican system as they tried to pave the way for his son, Gamal, to be Mubarak's  successor; secondly, that they disrespected the constitution and circumvented the will of the nation, enforcing constitutional amendments without a popular referendum in 2005 and after.

The fact that the prosecution decided to investigate the complaint does not automatically mean that Mubarak and associates will face trial on the charges.

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Diana Hughes
04-06-2012 12:37pm
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Not this again!
We have heard all this before, ad infinitum. The President was not guilty of doing anything to the Republican system as he did not put Gamal in his place as President therefore no crime was committed. One can look at the menu but as long as the deed is not done the crime has not been committed! Have other Governments not passed constitutional amendments without a referendum? This has happened in other countries than Egypt. It is time to stop putting forward this claim of treason. Development of the new Egypt will never take place if this is what everyone is doing - living in the past and making case after case just to seek revenge on a former politician whom they do not like. Everywhere could do this regarding previous political politicians but what does it do for the country? Nothing. Move forward and not back, yet again.
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