News / Middle East

Egypt Prosecutor to Appeal Mubarak Verdict

Protesters demonstrate at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, a day after a court sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison, June 3, 2012.
Protesters demonstrate at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, a day after a court sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison, June 3, 2012.
VOA News

Egypt's state prosecutor office says it will appeal the sentences handed out in the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his sons and senior security officials as pro-democracy leaders called for street protests to intensify following the controversial verdicts.

 

Mubarak's defense team has also said it would issue a separate appeal of the convictions.


Prosecutors had called for the death penalty, but the judge said although Mubarak failed to prevent the deaths, he was not directly responsible for them.

 

Security officials said Sunday that Mubarak was issued the blue prison suit for convicts in his new jail, the Torah prison south of Cairo, and had his mug shot taken according to prison regulations.

 

The verdicts added to the political tension mounting since Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, advanced to a presidential election run-off scheduled for later this month. 

 

Several thousand people remained Sunday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the center of the revolution, and the number was steadily increasing as evening fell.

 

Tens of thousands had demonstrated Saturday and stayed through the night, demanding everything from a retrial to the death penalty for Mubarak. Many were furious about the acquittals of corruption charges. They suspect the vast wealth allegedly accumulated by the Mubarak family would remain in its hands.

 

Egyptian officials said Mubarak resisted leaving the helicopter that flew him to Torah and suffered an unspecified "health crisis" aboard the aircraft. He received treatment at a prison hospital. Throughout the trial, the 84-year-old former president had arrived in court on a stretcher.

 

Mubarak's abrupt resignation in February 2011 ended his almost 30-year rule in Egypt.

 

The verdict and sentencing come as Egypt remains divided over who will be its next leader. The first presidential elections since Mubarak's ouster has Islamist Mohammed Morsi running against Shafiq.

 

The former air force commander lashed out at his Muslim Brotherhood rival Sunday, warning Morsi and the fundamentalist group would monopolize power and take Egypt back to "the dark ages." Shafiq said he would strive for a "modern, civil, fair state" while the Brotherhood "represents darkness and secrets and nobody knows who they are and what they do."

 

Senior Brotherhood member Essam al-Erian said the attack proves Shafiq's "end is near," calling him "a symbol of the defunct regime."

 

Dozens of young men ransacked Shafiq's campaign offices in Fayoum, south of Cairo,  overnight, the second such attack in recent days. 


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid