Court to decide Hosni Mubarak’s fate with retrial verdict

2014-09-27 09:13

Cairo – An Egyptian court will rule today in the murder retrial of Hosni Mubarak, whose 2011 overthrow unleashed almost four years of tumult capped by the election of another military man.

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, is accused alongside seven of his former police commanders of involvement in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled him.

An appeals court overturned his initial life sentence on a technicality.

The same court will also deliver its verdict on corruption charges levelled against Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal.

Sitting at a police academy outside Cairo, the court will pronounce their fates in a different climate from the heady days that followed Mubarak’s overthrow, which at the time seemed like a swinging defeat of autocracy.

Mubarak’s successor, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, was himself overthrown by the military and imprisoned along with thousands of Islamists amid a widespread campaign tarring the 2011 uprising itself as a sinister plot to weaken Egypt, a faded regional power.

Morsi, imprisoned under his predecessor, is now on trial with other Islamists over acts of violence committed during the anti-Mubarak uprising.

Youth leaders who spearheaded the anti-Mubarak revolt have been jailed for staging unauthorised protests after the June 2013 ouster of the divisive Morsi by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Sisi, who won May’s presidential election, has emphasised law and order at the expense of freedom to protest, a popular stance among Egyptians fed up with the chaos and economic ruin of their experiment with democracy.

The police force, which Mubarak is accused of ordering to quell the 2011 uprising, is now feted in the largely

pro-government media as it wages a deadly crackdown on pro-Morsi Islamist protesters and militants.

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