Mubarak Charges May Be Dropped, Some Speculate

Lawyers representing killed protesters have pointed to other recent court rulings gentle to Mubarak regime criminals

As Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak returns to trial this week there is speculation that his charges of corruption and mass murder will be dropped.

Egyptian prosecutors are currently preparing their final arguments at a court in Cairo, where the former U.S. puppet dictator Mubarak is being tried for rampant corruption and ordering the killing of almost 900 civilian protesters at the outbreak of Arab Spring protests in February.

Five policemen were acquitted last week of charges of killing protesters in the capital’s el-Sayedah Zeinab district. The court ruled that three of them were not at the site of the killings and the other two fired policemen on protesters in self-defense. Lawyers for families of killed protesters have said this signals a possible acquittal of Mubarak and have tried unsuccessfully to have the presiding judges, who they claim are corrupt, replaced.

Egypt’s ruling military has not only continued many of the criminal and repressive policies of Mubarak, but they have kept in place much of the regime structure, leading some to believe there is pressure to drop Mubarak’s charges.

United States officials have not commented on the Mubarak trial and have in fact continued to support tyranny in Egypt even following Mubarak’s ouster. First, U.S. pressure tried to get Mubarak’s Vice President Omar Suleiman to replace Mubarak as their favored dictator. Following that, money and weapons have been consistently sent to SCAF as they’ve solidified their undemocratic rule and continued brutal repression of reform-minded protesters.

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