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Shafiq campaign denies plans to pardon Mubarak if elected president

Campaigners for last Mubarak-era PM dismiss suggestion that controversial candidate would exonerate Mubarak if elected Egypt's next head of state

Hatem Maher, Saturday 2 Jun 2012
Ahmed Shafiq
Former Prime Minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq never suggested that he might pardon ousted president Hosni Mubarak if he were elected president in a hotly-contested runoff vote slated for later this month, the Shafiq campaign announced on Saturday.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday after being convicted of involvement in the murder of unarmed protesters during the popular uprising early last year that ended his 30-year autocratic rule.

Many revolutionaries and pro-democracy activists see Shafiq, Mubarak's long-time air force chief, as a 'remnant' of the Mubarak regime. Mubarak appointed Shafiq prime minister during his final days in power at the height of last year's uprising.

"We're eager to know who said that, if Shafiq becomes president, he would pardon Mubarak," the Shafiq campaign declared on Facebook.

"The man keeps saying he will not interfere in the judiciary," the campaign statement added, referring to Shafiq. "Some people are trying to take advantage of the current circumstances."

Shafiq will vie with Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi for the presidency of the republic in a scheduled runoff vote on 16 and 17 June.

"Today’s ruling favours Morsi, so you don’t have to keep linking the verdict with Shafiq," the campaign statement added. "On the contrary, if there had been tougher verdicts today, we would have congratulated ourselves that Shafiq was about to become the next president."

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