67% of Egyptians support the trial of Mubarak: survey

Ahram Online, Tuesday 13 Sep 2011

Egyptians voice their opinions on the trial of Mubarak and his cronies in this latest Cabinet survey

The majority of Egyptians support bringing Mubarak to justice, says new survey. (Reuters Photos)

A new survey has found that the majority of Egyptians hold positive views on the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, with 67 per cent of those questioned supporting the trial and another 69 per cent saying that the trial is not moving fast enough.

The survey, conducted by the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Centre, found that another 13 per cent opposed putting Mubarak on trial, while 20 per cent of those questioned refused to give their opinion on the issue.

Furthermore, according to the survey, those who supported the trial of Mubarak cited several reasons for why the ousted president should be brought to justice: 51 per cent said that the country deteriorated during his 30 years in power, 37 per cent said there was rampant corruption during his tenure, 18 per cent said he made many mistakes and must be brought to account, 16 per cent believed the ousted leader was responsible for the killing of protesters, 3 per cent said an example should be made of him for future rulers, while 2 per cent asserted that a trial is imperative as it would finally prove to the public whether he is guilty or not.

Those who opposed the trial also cited their own set of reasons: 58 per cent believe that Mubarak accomplished many things during his time in power, 46 per cent claim he is too old and ill to stand trial, 15 per cent stated that he is a symbol of Egypt and should not be treated with such disrespect, 12 per cent said that he is not the only one responsible for the corruption that took place during his era, while another 5 per cent said that God’s punishment is enough. What’s more, 4 per cent said that they do not want him to stand trial because they love and respect him.

According to the survey 69 per cent of respondents believed that the trials of members of the old regime are being conducted at a snail’s pace, 15 per cent felt satisfied with the progress of the trials, while 16 per cent refused to give their opinion.

Additionally, 57 per cent of those surveyed did not want to see former regime members released if they return the money they stole, 26 per cent agreed that they should be released if the money is returned, while 8 per cent said that they could be released on the condition that they were not involved in the murdering of protesters during the 18-day uprising.

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