Hosni Mubarak Ordered Released by Egyptian Court: Cleared of Embezzlement Charges

Hosni Mubarak (85) is to be released from jail within the next 48 hours…or the next two weeks…or never. Very interesting as Mubarak tamped-down the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) for over three decades. The MB spiritual leader, Yousel al-Qaradarwi fled the country and made Qatar his headquarters. He returned on the day Mubarak stepped-down. This news should heat-up the situation on the streets of Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood hated Mubarak. I’m guessing the former Egyptian President will leave the country pronto, but who knows – maybe he won’t be allowed to leave. Both the New York story and an AlJazeera story are confusing, as is everything in the Middle East:

Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak

CAIRO — A court in Egypt has ordered that former President Hosni Mubarak, who has been detained on a variety of charges since his ouster in 2011, should be set free, according to state media and security officials on Monday, but it remained possible that the authorities would find a way to keep him in detention and his release did not appear imminent.

…but then…

Egyptian state media reported that Mr. Mubarak would remain in custody for another two weeks under a previous judicial order before the authorities make a decision on his release. The outcome of their deliberations is likely to be read as a pivotal test of the new government installed by General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and its desire to replicate or repudiate Mr. Mubarak’s rule. Source: New York Times

Within 48 hours or in two weeks – or ever?

Judicial officials told the AP news agency that a court on Monday ordered the 85-year-old be cleared in the case that alleged he embezzled funds for presidential palaces….

Mubarak is also awaiting retrial after appeals against his conviction and sentence to life in prison last year over his complicity in the deaths of protesters during the uprising.

Mubarak’s lawyer, Fareed el-Deeb, told the Reuters news agency that the second corruption case would be settled swiftly. “All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week,” Deeb told the agency.

Egyptian law does not compel his incarceration while he faces retrial over the protester deaths.

However, judicial sources told the Reuters news agency that he would spend another two weeks behind bars before a final decision was made on the outstanding corruption case against him. Source: AlJazeera

Remember Wael Ghonim?

The Egyptian-born Google Marketing Exec, Wael Ghonim was in Cairo during the so-called Egyptian Spring and worked with the revolutionaries to bring down Mubarak:

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Oxford University trustee and the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars returned to Egypt after being banned from Egypt for radicalism and possible involvement in the assassination of the Anwar Sadat. Today, Yusuf al-Qaradawi lead Friday prayers and refused to let Google marketing exec, Egyptian-born Wael Ghonim on the stage in Tahrir Square. Radicals are flooding back into Egypt. Al-Qaradawi’s children have been on the streets rallying to bring down Hosni Mubarak. The question is: why was an organizer of the uprising, one wanting democracy, banned from the stage and from speaking to Egyptians in Tahrir Square?

Reports are that the security guards for influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has close associations with the Muslim Brotherhood, refused to let Ghonim take the stage.There’s a message there? Yes. Read more here.

Ghomin’s story is strange as well. He disappeared for days, was in Egyptian custody, and while his release was touted, there has been little to no detail about his time in custody, but after his release he allegedly tweeted that he had met al-Qaradawi and ‘saluted him.’ He also volunteered to work for Mohammed ElBaradei former head of the IAEA, laughingly referred to as “pro-democracy.” Ghomin obviously ignored or applauded ElBaradei’s infamy for allowing Iran to get on the nuclear fast-track.

Mubarak keep a strong-hold over the Muslim Brotherhood but allowed members to run for Parliament under other parties. The current Military has strengthened security around the Egyptian Supreme Court as the MB threatened/attempted to storm the headquarters. Read about Suzanne Mubarak, the former First Lady of Egypt here. Stay tuned.

Update 11:42 am CDT: 

June 2, 2012 – Hosni Mubarak is found guilty of the killing of protesters and is sentenced to life in prison. He is immediately transferred to Tora prison in southern Cairo to serve his life sentence. Six of Mubarak’s aides and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, are acquitted.

June 11, 2012 – A spokesman for Egypt’s Interior Ministry announces that Mubarak has fallen into a ‘full coma’. The announcement also says that Mubarak’s two sons, Gamal and Alaa, have submitted a request to the prison authority to move beside their father and that the request has been accepted.

June 19, 2012 – Mubarak’s lawyer tells CNN that Mubarak has suffered a stroke and has been moved to the Maadi military hospital from the Tora prison hospital.

June 20, 2012 – Mubarak is removed from life support equipment as his health stabilizes.

December 15, 2012 – Mubarak sustains injuries when he slips inside a prison hospital.

December 27, 2012 – Mubarak is transferred to a military hospital.

January 2013 – Egyptian news media report Murbark and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly have been granted a new trial.

May 11, 2013 – Mubarak’s retrial begins. He appears in court on a stretcher, wearing dark sunglasses.

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  • Mubarak was a better leader of Egypt. The Copts were protected, tourism flourished and peace was kept with Israel.

    Today the Copts are being destroyed, tourism is gone and the MB wants war with Israel.

  • rh

    Great and timely posts on Hosni and Suzanne Mubarak; interesting, concise and to the point. He was “good” for Egypt in his own way. He was not a butcher, just not capable of doing more for the Egyptian people.

  • Well, that’s clear as mud. I can’t say I am surprised. I fear a lot of blood will be spilled while the Egyptians figure out what they want and whos has the leverage to make it happen.