Husni Mubarak

The former Egyptian dictator had charges dropped against him by an Egyptian court for the killing of 239 protesters during the 2011 uprising against his regime.

Husni Mubarak and his officials were previously convicted and sentenced to life in June 2012 for the killing of civilians and the gross human rights abuses during his autocratic reign lasting 30 years.

There have been demonstrations in several cities against the verdict on Egyptian streets and in universities with clashes with the security forces. The regime has forbidden unauthorised gatherings warning of harsh punishments for protesters. A number of people have been killed and scores injured since the verdict was announced last Friday 30 November.

The court decision is widely viewed being influenced by the current dictator Abdul Fattah el-Sisi who ousted the democratically elected President Dr Mohammad Mursi and has surrounded himself with officials from the Mubarak regime.

Dr Mursi, frustrated by the failure of prosecutors and judges appointed by Mr. Mubarak to hold him accountable, he had appointed a special committee to investigate the killings of protesters and installed a new prosecutor to pursue claims against Mr. Mubarak and his associates.

However since Dr Mursi’s removal by General el-Sisi, the Egyptian courts, still dominated by judges from the Mubarak era have toed the line by the current regime that is a continuation of the Egyptian military dictatorship that has dominated the country for more than half a century.

Although Egyptian official media, generally toes the government’s line, an Egyptian journalist, Mr Khair has been brave enough to question the court verdict.

“Tamer Salah Abd El Fattah and Ramy Abd El Aziz were martyrs that died last night protesting against the acquittal of those who killed our sons and brothers in front of our eyes,” Mr Khair said in the broadcast, naming the two demonstrators killed last Saturday night and referring those killed in the Arab Spring revolt against Mubarak.

He stated that the revolution’s demands for “social justice” and “human dignity” had gone unfulfilled. “The voices and anger of those suffering will not be stopped by broadcasts that ignore them and instead open their doors to the treacherous and the corrupt.” Mr Khair said.