Monday, March 13, 2017

Egypt's Mubarak to Be Freed

Egypt’s Mubarak to Be Freed

by Stephen Lendman

Egypt’s military coup ousted him. He didn’t resign. He was pushed. 

Washington did the heavy shoving after he fell out of favor for opposing America’s war on Iraq, and plans to organize regional Sunni states against Syria, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The so-called Arab Spring never bloomed. It was orchestrated in Washington, not in Tahir Square, spillover in Cairo streets and elsewhere regionally.

Protesters were trained in America to facilitate regime change. Maintaining hardline rule was planned, not transition to democracy.

On February 11, 2011, Mubarak was ousted, authority transferred to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

In April, he was detained for questioning on corruption and abuse of power, then ordered to stand trial for killing protesters during the orchestrated uprising against him.

In June 2012, he was sentenced to life in prison. Egypt’s high court of appeals overturned the ruling in January 2013, a retrial ordered.

His sons charged with him were freed in October 2015. He was detained in a military hospital due to health issues.

On March 2, 2017, Egypt’s high court acquitted him of all charges, 30 years of brutal rule ignored, high crimes committed as Egypt’s ruler dismissed as unimportant.

Aged 88 in reported poor health, he may not have long to live. According to his lawyers and judicial sources, he’ll likely be released on Tuesday or soon after.

He had one more sentence to serve, but was cleared to be freed. Egyptians he brutalized for 30 years weren’t so lucky.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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