While the elected but ousted former president Mohamed Morsi languishes in jail, former president Hosni Mubarak sentenced to jail for life will soon be free.
Mubarak along with his interior minister, were convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison on charges of failing to stop the killing of protesters in the revolt that removed Mubarak from power. Mubarak does face a retrial after appeals from both sides, but he probably will not be required to stay in jail or even appear at hearings. He was not present at the last two hearings on the case.
Both Mubarak's lawyer and a judicial source claimed that Mubarak will be released quite soon. after being cleared of a corruption charge. Fareed el-Deeb, Mubarak's lawyer said: "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".
Former, democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi has been held without charge since he was overthrown by the military on July 3. He faces possible charges for murder and conspiring with Hamas to escape from prison during the uprising against Mubarak. He has yet to be charged. After Germany first demanded Morsi's release the US followed suit over a month ago, but not only is he still being held, he faces possible criminal charges. He has not been allowed to make any statements.
The military has insisted that there will be no reconciliation as demanded by most foreign powers including the US. The government is considering an outright ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group whose party won elections both in the upper and lower houses of parliament.
Foreign minister Nabil Fahmy suggested that Egypt was not worried about threats to financial aid. He warned that Egypt could look to other countries for support. Certainly it is already receiving billions in aid from Saudi Arabia and the UAE since Morsi has been deposed. On Egypt's relationship to the US, Fahmy said: "The relation between Egypt and the US has been there for a long time. It has been through ups and downs in the past. We hope things will go back to normal promptly".
The army continues to round up members of the Brotherhood and others including two Canadians. The Interior Ministry clalms that 1004 Brotherhood members have been detained in raids across the country and says that bombs, weapons, and ammunition have been seized. Demonstrations are routinely claimed to be by terrorists in official reports.
While the overall death toll from the unrest is a matter of dispute, the official Health Ministry count is around 850 killed but many analysts say it is over one thousand. The Brotherhood puts the toll at several thousand. There seems no sign of an end to the violence as the government promises to continue violent responses to demonstrations and more protests are planned.
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