CAIRO - In an inglorious end for a leader, Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced Saturday, June 2, to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him from power.
Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly also received a life sentence over the deaths of demonstrators.
However, six other senior security officials were acquitted in the same case. The judge described the evidence as weak, generating speculation that Mubarak and Adli may themselves win their appeals.Mubarak Sentenced to Life, Sons Acquitted
Corruption charges against Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were also cleared on the grounds the case had been brought to court too long after the alleged crime.
Following are some responses from key political forces in Egypt to the verdicts:
THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD:
"If the evidence presented was not sufficient, then the apparatus that either concealed or destroyed evidence or refused to present it to the prosecutor general must face trial."
THE WASAT PARTY:
"The party's view is that today's ruling is merely another phase of the counter revolution which got underway early on with measures to undermine the revolution."
AHMED SHAFIQ, MUBARAK'S LAST PM AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
"We do not have a right to comment on judicial rulings but this verdict indicates that no one is above questioning if the law requires it."
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF HAMDEEN SABAHY:
"The campaign sees the verdict as neither clear or comprehensible as it convicted interior minister Habib al-Adli at the same time as it acquitted his six assistants as if the former interior minister committed those killings alone."
ABDEL MONEIM ABOL FOTOUH, FORMER CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT
"The acquittal of Adli's assistants and Mubarak's sons is an acquittal for the authorities of oppression and corruption which are still governing Egypt and the deliberate shortcomings in presenting evidence requires a retrial."
MOHAMED ELBARADEI ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT:
"Old regime puts itself on trial. Continued efforts to abort the revolution in cahoots with established political forces. A critical juncture."
SIX OF APRIL YOUTH REFORM MOVEMENT IN MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK:
"We ask you to head to Tahrir Square to reject the acquittal of Adli's people which guarantees that Mubarak will get acquitted in the appeal."
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH:
"The landmark conviction of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ... sends a powerful message to Egypt's future leaders that they are not above the law ... However, the acquittal of four assistant ministers of interior on the grounds of insufficient evidence highlights the failure of the prosecution to fully investigate responsibility for the shooting of protesters in January 2011, giving a green light to future police abuse"
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net