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UK thought Mubarak corruption-free

2011-12-30 16:06

London - Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was assessed by British Foreign Office officials as dim but "free of any taint of corruption" before he took power in 1981, files released on Friday showed.

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was told by officials that Mubarak was "the coming man" but "no intellectual", according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing files released after 30 years held in Britain's National Archives.

Ahead of a visit to Britain, Thatcher was also warned not to mention his Welsh in-laws - Suzanne Mubarak's mother was a Welsh nurse - unless Mubarak did first, as the couple wanted to play down the link.

A note from earlier in the year said Mubarak was likely to take over from president Anwar Sadat should anything happen to him. Sadat was assassinated in October 1981.

Mubarak resigned on February 11 this year after three decades of autocratic rule following a popular uprising in which more than 6 000 were also injured.

His murder trial resumed on Wednesday after a three-month hiatus that saw the ousted leader's fate eclipsed by deadly clashes and an Islamist election victory.

The ailing 83-year-old risks the death sentence if he is found to have been complicit in the killings of some 850 people who died during protests that overthrew him.

Comments
  • Twolips - 2011-12-30 16:50

    Not so dim after all, was he? Just shrewd and able to run a dictatorship for 30 years. Shall wein SA, look into the future or are the signs already there?

      John - 2011-12-30 18:15

      " British Foreign Office officials " Yes the same officials were difficult with the Pope, and Praised the ANC to High Heaven: the ANC went on to Try to kill off 5 Million Aids sufferers with Virodene = Benzene! Attempted Genocide. Kill off 5 Million Aids sufferers by refusing medication. Genocide. Kill off 800 000 South African Babies by Abortion. Genocide.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-30 17:18

    Is Mugabe not corrupt free as well? International politics is just like domestic politics if you support of the most powerful individuals or nations you are free. Just a fear of Islamic extremists, I assume. Yes, he is corrupt free until proven guilty.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-30 17:19

    Is Mugabe not corrupt free as well? International politics is just like domestic politics if you support of the most powerful individuals or nations you are free. Just a fear of Islamic extremists, I assume. Yes, he is corrupt free until proven guilty.

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