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Illicit Gains ‎Authority head bemoans "misled public opinion"

Judge Essam Al-Gohary, head of the Illicit Gains ‎Authority, believes that commentators who do ‎not know the law should refrain from spreading rumours and misrepresentations

Ahram Online, Wednesday 18 May 2011
Essam Al-Gohary
Judge Essam Al-Gohary, head of the Illicit Gains ‎Authority
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Judge Essam Al-Gohary, head of the Illicit Gains ‎Authority, believes that those who do ‎not have a legal background should not talk about illegal profiteering cases, saying some ‎figures stirred up public anger because of their inaccurate statements.‎
    
‎“What I heard while watching satellite channels was really sad,” he told a press ‎conference Wednesday. “There were guests on many programmes who have no legal ‎experience, although they claim otherwise. ‎

‎“At the end, the public opinion became misled as people think that what they say is ‎true, which causes unrest. But the street won’t control the decisions of the Illicit ‎Gains ‎Authority.”‎

The conference was held to explain the reasons behind the release of figures accused ‎of accumulating illegal profits, including Suzanne Mubarak who was released after ‎submitting documents proving that her Heliopolis villa is owned by ‎a sovereign body, ‎and that her bank accounts were donated in her ‎name as Egypt's ‎former first lady to be spent on charity projects.‎ 

‎“There is a difference between dealing with a defendant and dealing with a case,” Al-‎Gohary explained. “Detaining a defendant, or freeing him or her, is not the end of the ‎case.‎

‎“Someone said on a TV channel that the release of Suzanne Mubarak without ‎guarantee means the case is put on hold, which is untrue. She might be referred to the ‎Criminal Court or arrested again on other charges.‎

‎“The law stipulates that a defendant must be detained only in three cases: if he or she ‎was caught while committing the crime, has a chance to flee or has not known an ‎occupation. Most of the figures accused of illicit profiteering are banned from ‎traveling.”‎

Speaking of the Mubaraks and other defendants, Al-Gohary said: “Gamal Mubarak ‎asked for some time to release information he said to be dangerous. We also got ‎statements from toppled president Mubarak.‎

‎“New evidence against Zakaria Azmi emerged, so the decision to release him was ‎appealed against.”‎

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richard
19-05-2011 11:12am
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Judge Essam Al-Gohary
An honorable and brave member of the judiciary,who refuses to be cowed by the hysterical slogans emanating from some in the streets and tv studios of post-revolutionary Egypt. Judge Al-Gohary deserves our greatest respect.
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Zoheir Abouguendia
18-05-2011 09:59pm
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Media race
Often media race to get the news to their clients. Sometimes the satellite channels host guests that may not be qualified to treat the subject. Such situations cause confusion, grief and mistrust. This is particularly critical when we deal with justice issues, especially those that are currently being investigated or handled. To avoid these complications and adverse effects, the media must be careful in ensuring the accuracy of news and the trustworthy of the sources, or wait until official word is out. I think we should also dismiss the idea that our requests or demands as members of the public or the revolution are sacred or always right. We should provide opinions and critiques. But governing a country like Egypt is an extremely complex affair and many things should best be left to the specialists and experts to study and treat.
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