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Mubarak arrest is inevitable: presidential hopeful El-Bastawisi

The continued presence of ousted President Mubarak in a resort town in Egypt eggs on the counter-revolution, says presidential hopeful, El-Bastawisi

Sherif Tarek , Monday 11 Apr 2011
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Judge and presidential hopeful, Hesham El-Bastawisi, believes the arrest of Hosni Mubarak ‎and his family members is inevitable, saying the deposed president mustn’t have insisted ‎on dwelling in Sharm El-Sheikh.‎

Mubarak and his family have been under house arrest in the coastal resort pending an ‎investigation. They are all accused of abusing their political powers to accumulate illegal ‎profits, among other charges.‎

The 82 year-old, who was toppled on 11 February following an 18-day revolt, claimed ‎in his first speech since his reclusion in Sharm that he and his family members have had been wrongly accused of illegal ‎profiteering.‎
 
Mubarak also stressed he is willing to fully cooperate with the prosecutor general to prove his ‎innocence.‎

Mubarak’s recorded speech, which was exclusively broadcasted by Al-Arabia TV Sunday, came ‎across as an attempt to avoid trial. El-Bastawisi, however, is convinced the detention of the ‎overthrown commander-in-chief is just a matter of time. ‎

‎“The arrest and trial of Mubarak and his family are inevitable,” El-Bastawisi, former vice ‎president of the cassation court, told Al-Ashera Masaan. “His attempts to clear his name ‎will convince no one.”

‎“His stay in Sharm El-Sheikh is inappropriate. The fact that he’s still in Egypt encourages those ‎behind the counter-revolution to keep it up.”‎

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