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Tearful Mubarak refuses to enter prison - security

2012-06-02 12:52

Cairo - Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak, whose helicopter landed at Tora prison in Cairo after he was sentenced to life in prison, wept and refused to leave the aircraft, a security official told AFP.

"He was crying and would not get out of the helicopter. Security officials spent some time convincing him to get out," the official said. "He's now convinced and will be entering the prison shortly."

Judge Ahmed Refaat earlier sentenced Mubarak to life in prison after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year.

A senior lawyer for Mubarak's defence team told AFP the strongman, who was taken to the Cairo prison after the hearing, will appeal the sentence.

Also given a life term for the killings was the 84-year-old former strongman's interior minister Habib al-Adly, while six ex-police commanders were acquitted.

Corruption charges against Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal were dropped due to the expiry of a statute of limitations, and the former president was acquitted in one of the graft cases.

Comments
  • Mmannyo - 2012-06-02 12:55

    Bwahahahahahaha!

      Jan - 2012-06-02 13:08

      Not funny. IF Mr Mubarak was a bad man he would have used the full might of the Egyptian military to over throw the uprising like Syrias Mnr Assad is currently doing. And let me tell you Egyptian military is one of the most advanced and powerful in the world - they receive the same amount of military aid that the americans give the israeli's. He reliquished power within weeks of the uprising and he cant be expected to control the action of the police on the ground fighting the protestors. Mr Assad is using tanks against his people - Mr Mubarak has never done anything remotely close to this!

      Sam - 2012-06-03 11:02

      Jan, how did Mubarek accumulate billions of dollars?

      Jan - 2012-06-03 17:52

      Sam - How do u know for a fact he had billions? Even if he did dont all Presidents have millions in the bank and CEO's or companys?

  • jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-06-02 13:02

    I would've cried too.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-02 14:08

      Sorry Mr Mubarak, but there are too many mothers, wives, girl friends ( and fathers, husbands and boyfriends ) been weeping for their loved ones,for many years , who were killed during the thirty years of your iron fist rule. During this period you crushed any opposition to you, you had them arrested, tortured, jailed and murdered. That what you denied "your" people, you got now; JUSTICE !!

  • pieter.oosthuizen.988 - 2012-06-02 13:24

    Do we forget that the WEST ousted a legitimate ruler of a country? Is that funny? If the WEST impoverishes themselves through greed and an unsatiable appetite for cheap consumer goods, is it right to destroy countries in the process? In the Arab world, democracy, a western invention, simply does not work. What happened to Mubarak is utterly disgraceful and sick, and show the true diseased character of the West that includes America and Britain, and France to start of with

      brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-06-02 14:22

      Please explain. At this point, I could not disagree with you more.

      sven.gohre - 2012-06-02 14:49

      @Pieter, please explain what the West had to do with the fall of Muberak. As far as I have read it was the people of Egypt that brought him down with absolutely no help from the West. I think your hatred towards the most civilised governments of the world is clouding your judgement in this case. Egypt was not Libya and even there it was not the West that brought the "Brother Leader" down, it was the people of Libya that wanted the "Freedom" to vote for the people that lead them and not a Dictator that suppressed any opposition to his rule in a very barbaric and sadistic way, including torture, death (as well as family connected to the accused)and complete control of the country's wealth. But I am sure you love African CORRUPTION as you must be on the "Gravy Train" to say that the West was involved in clearing up a little of the corruption in Africa.

      neilza - 2012-06-02 16:10

      Yeah explain please pieter

      Gerhard - 2012-06-03 10:25

      Pieter, I am an expatriate in Egypt, having lived here for 8 years now. I have seen Mubaraks cruelty to his people up close. You have no idea of what you are talking about!!!!?

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-06-02 13:26

    I hope Robert Mugabe will also have his turn....

      Jan - 2012-06-02 13:32

      Ardi theres no oil in egypt either.

      Jan - 2012-06-02 14:01

      Emily-Jane Elson - Please provide a source for you information about the diamonds. Re-quoting rumors just causes the spread of false info.

      DawidDBBotes - 2012-06-02 14:25

      really? after all his done to his own people, 93 people disagree with this statement. Sho, maybe one day il get it.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-02 13:38

    Oh cry me a river. The river Nile just got two feet deeper.

  • Innocent - 2012-06-02 13:39

    Congratulated to Egptyian law authority to proceedings former dictacter Hosin Mubarak up until found him guilt than to take him to the Hague where only targets African leaders only.Syria dictacter in next.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-02 13:45

      Huh?

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-02 13:53

      Get out a map. genius. Is Serbia in Africa? How about Syria? Croatia? Bosnia? And stop making lame excuses for african despots.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-03 10:57

      Innocent Croatia and Serbia in Africa then?. Man there are more from there in The Hague then you want to know.

  • simbarashe.kwangwari - 2012-06-02 14:13

    Shame

  • simbarashe.kwangwari - 2012-06-02 14:14

    Shame

  • simbarashe.kwangwari - 2012-06-02 14:14

    Shame

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-06-02 14:15

    We welcome the sentence but why its always african leaders that are being prosecuted?

      Whitemist Blackmist - 2012-06-02 14:22

      in this case he is being tried by the Egyptians, as unfair the sentence it is..Mubarak was only the face of the Generals that rule Egypt...he did not order the killings...where is the chief of police to take the blame?? protesters died in the Greek protests, why is the president not being tried?

      brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-06-02 14:30

      Firsly, it is not 'always the African leaders that are being prosecuted'. Secondly, do you not think that the dictators ruining this continent and murdering anyone who dares stand against them, should be prosecuted? Your comment suggests that you do not have a problem with dictatorship.

      Kanyisa - 2012-06-02 17:26

      Vuyani, the problem is not Africa, America and Europe are the real problem in this continent. These imperialists are good at playing a deviding role in Africa for their own benefit. you must know that America and Europe is highly developed today through African human and natural resources. Once these capitalists stop undermining Africa and stop sticking theeir long nose where they don't belong, Africa will never have war and we remove these border gates that were imposed by the west to devide us. We need to unite Africa and have one African State, but still the west is standing on our way by killing our Pan Africanist Leaders Kwame Krumah, Thomas Sankara, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe, Patrice Lumumba, Malcom X, Martin Luther etc. The fredom we have in Africa is not a freedom, we need total liberation and remove the neo-colonialists that still control Africa. Viva PAC Viva!

      Irene - 2012-06-02 18:34

      Kanyisa explaining something to vuyani is like the blind leading the blind.

      Sam - 2012-06-03 11:03

      what a stupid comment Vuyani

  • DawidDBBotes - 2012-06-02 14:19

    the dude is 83, he had good run for his money. 30 years of dictatorship. Ordering the killing of over 800 people, the sentence is light.

      Whitemist Blackmist - 2012-06-02 14:25

      so easy to judge, but then again here in south africa we are the purest...nonsense bigots ever...look yourself in the mirror and be honest for a change..

      hendrickyboingotlo.clark - 2012-06-03 13:07

      I hope the western countries have already chosen one of their puppets to be in power and start killing his people and at the end being killed or jailed by the masters.I'm an African who doesn't like the way our African governments behave,they are simply boot shiners of the west.

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-06-02 14:20

    We welcome the sentence but why its always african leaders that are being prosecuted, what about GW Bush?

      tmukansi - 2012-06-02 15:06

      yah my brother ive been askin myself tha same question, i mean bush killed thousand of peope bt tha homeboy is outhere playin golf

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-02 18:32

      @Vuyani, so what you saying is that african leaders have the purest records for ruling/governing countries? I think you must stay off the cannibas, it really affects your thinking, if you actually do think! George Bush did the right thing to ensure the fall of Sadam MOEGSEUN!

      Jan - 2012-06-02 19:57

      Nicolaas we are all paying for the sins of Bush - his war in iraq broke the world economy and caused the price of oil to shoot right up.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-03 10:59

      Vuyani, you know what makes me sad?. You jumping to conclusions and the wrong ones at that. Is it education or a lack of knowledge that make you ignore the Serbians and all those that are waiting for sentencing in The Hague.

  • janti.cloete - 2012-06-02 14:22

    Personally I don't think justice has been done. He is what 64 now. He won't last another 6 years in prison. Trade that for a live in luxury.... Still doesn't seems fair...

      Whitemist Blackmist - 2012-06-02 14:28

      Blood thirsty, i was once asked by a black colleague, Why are whites blood thirsty, is it in their nature..before people make comments, they should look at the facts..and apply truth, rather than stupidity

      Jan - 2012-06-02 17:56

      Whitemist Blackmist - I agree with you. We need to help white people THINK before they make comments here that can cause HARM innocent WHITE people either physically or socially!

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-02 18:33

      Agree Janti, the rope would have been more satisfactory in this case. The old goat is of no use to anybody, why should they still keep the thing alive after they have suffered so long.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-06-02 14:30

    I wish it was Mugabe entering prison to serve life sentence

      brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-06-02 15:12

      Peter, as do most of us!! The day is coming, and soon. He only needs to look north to see that Africa is tired of dictators. He should be afraid, very afraid.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-02 18:37

      @Peter, if I was DOMGABE, I would start crying now, because when his day comes, it will be too late for tears. I dream of the day I see this excuse of a human being locked away in a cell for the rest of his miserable life. No luxuries, just normal hard labour, from early morning to late at nite. If he cannot managed, then no food and just a beat up every day will be in order!

  • rbphiri - 2012-06-02 14:38

    He wept and refused to leave the aircraft, but the irony here is that he left many of his country men moaning the death of their loved ones who were killed for protesting. Hosni Mubarak is obsolete! the uprising in Egypt should serve as a reminder to all leaders with autocratic tendencies, that civil society shall not kneel and idolize an autocratic government.

  • Mhla - 2012-06-02 14:46

    Yhoo from being a president to prisnor . .

  • tmukansi - 2012-06-02 15:16

    they shoud hv bombeb that plane

  • Frank - 2012-06-02 15:28

    Gadaffi, Taylor, Mubarak. Not long now Bob!!

  • thapelo.devotion.mothibi - 2012-06-02 15:52

    ZUMA

  • Dedzimbaz - 2012-06-02 15:55

    when a bird is alive it eats insects and when the same bird dies the insects eat, so time and circumstances can change anytime....never devalue anyone in life, am sure its a lesson learnt from Mubarak because of his commisions of crimes agaisnt humanity instead of prosecuting crimes against humanity he ended up commisioning. Very said.

  • Dedzimbaz - 2012-06-02 16:09

    people should suffer for their deeds nomatter who they are. The problems with most leaders is that instead of prosecuting crimes against humanity they instead commision for these crimes. This is of no surprise considering the number of people who lost their lives during his reign henceforth this is a lesson learnt to others and its a typical case study to the others as well. Chinobhururuka chinomhara

  • Dedzimbaz - 2012-06-02 16:09

    people should suffer for their deeds nomatter who they are. The problems with most leaders is that instead of prosecuting crimes against humanity they instead commision for these crimes. This is of no surprise considering the number of people who lost their lives during his reign henceforth this is a lesson learnt to others and its a typical case study to the others as well. Chinobhururuka chinomhara

  • Dedzimbaz - 2012-06-02 16:09

    people should suffer for their deeds nomatter who they are. The problems with most leaders is that instead of prosecuting crimes against humanity they instead commision for these crimes. This is of no surprise considering the number of people who lost their lives during his reign henceforth this is a lesson learnt to others and its a typical case study to the others as well. Chinobhururuka chinomhara

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-02 16:39

    it would be nice if we could convince a few of our high profile prisoners to leave their comfy hospital beds and serve their sentences.

  • Dhani - 2012-06-02 16:50

    @Anthony from Africa - Your thinking pattern is the result of American propaganda. You are worst off than Mubarak in my opinion. You already live in prison, but you don't realize it. You think because you have the right to vote, you are free.

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-02 16:52

    hs such an ass. U abuse powr and nw u afraid to go to jail.. Oops in S.A im sure u wer gnna get ur wishz, jst fake a kigney illness and u wuld be sent to hospital forever

  • Moses - 2012-06-02 17:31

    Taylor now Mubarak, whose next

  • nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-06-02 17:36

    If all dictators could learn. Africa is littered with despots, just on the doorsteps there is a notorious Robert Mugabe, Jose Dos Antos, Paul Kagame, Musebeni, Mai Kibaki, Bashir of Sudan. When are getting our own Africa spring and let the people's power deal with their demons?

  • Marco - 2012-06-02 17:37

    i dont know much about him but was his country not peaceful and stable. was it not prosperous.were his people starving? what exactly did he do to bring on an uprising? like i say ,i dont know much about him but he didnt seem that bad.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-03 11:02

      Marco, how can you have an opinion about someone you know nothing about?.

  • mkyounus - 2012-06-02 17:53

    well mr mubarak you were a puppet to these infidels from the west,but today the same people who put you in power want you out and have sent you to jail!!! serves you right for bowing down to those mongers

      Jan - 2012-06-02 19:41

      Infidels from the west? Those same infidels whose military invented the internet that ur using now? Those same infidels whos technology you seem to admire (BMW)? People like you should be thrown to the taliban.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-03 06:54

    Security officials spent some time convincing him to get out," the official said. "He's now convinced and will be entering the prison shortly." I wonder how they convinced him. "Please get out, Mr. Mubarak. Try to understand. This is the right thing to do..." or *bayonet prod* "get a move on ... Muberfracker !"

  • jmasha3 - 2012-06-03 10:33

    We need a dictator in SA a good one like Sankara with a bit of Stalin's ruthless,Mbeki's intelligence and charismatic like Obama.He must slash salaries and benefits of government ministers,mec's,ceo's of parastatals,mayors and municipal managers.Ban labour unions in the public sector and Racist rightwing organisations.execute Mdluli and all corrupt infidels in the private and public sector,build Labour camps for high school drop outs, teac smokers and 18:00 curfew for under 18 yrs age.compulsory 1 year military service for youth.Death penalty for Rape,Murder and drugs.Agricultural subsidies,industrialisation e.t.c then this country will come right.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-03 10:54

    If I have been living in the lap of luxury while the people suffered and now I have to go to prison, I will be crying too. May Syria's Assad follow soon.

  • Colin - 2012-06-03 10:56

    The most civilised democratic countries in the world, namely Britain, America, Australia,France,Germany and all the colonianists who took land from the people killing and enslaving them in the process can be so proud of theire human rights records. Even giving the people that they could not defeat smallpox tainted blankets as gifts.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-03 11:05

      Colin, this is 20012. WAKE UP.

      Jan - 2012-06-03 17:54

      Jacquie for one i agree with u

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-06-03 11:13

    all these dictators that are being toppled , i wonder when they will visit zimbobwe mugabe , oh thats rite they wont cause he doesnt have oil

  • Colin - 2012-06-03 11:14

    Jscqui it is 2012 not 20012. So we get one giant eraser and wipe out the past. COOL.

      Jan - 2012-06-03 17:54

      Colin if u hate the west go buzz of to the bush or whichever country u want to identify with.

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