Egypt Court Orders Mubarak’s Release
Hosni Mubarak, former President of Egypt, will be released on bail pending the corruption case against him. He could be released as soon as this Thursday.
He still faces charges of “complicity” in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising and was originally sentenced to life in jail. Other than the understated terminology, this seemed appropriate. However, his appeal was accepted and a retrial has been ordered.
It is hard to know how to really react to this. The country is in such a horrifying state, that to put this latest unnerving event in perspective is more than a bit difficult.
With no solid foundations of government to rely on – the country is currently under the control of a military of such self-importance that they saw fit to forcibly remove Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, despite his having been elected democratically little over a year ago.
While the move to redefine the laws which govern political party make-up might actually make some sense – the general consensus is to prevent parties from being formed on the basis of religion – removing Morsi in this way seems just to have underlined the arbitrary nature Egypt’s sense of law and order at this juncture.
Overwhelming (and over-reaching) military control, the removal of the first democratically elected president and renewed violence following the interim government’s crackdown on Islamists… With a country so clearly already in turmoil and new laws being devised and implemented left right and centre, you’d have thought they might have been able to side-step the one that said Mubarak had served enough of his pre-trial detention time…