CAIRO, September 25, 2013 — Egyptians have a divided opinion concerning ousted presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohammed Morsi.
After the release of Mubarak last month, Egyptians started to draw parallels between Mubarak and Morsi. Both face serious charges of killing peaceful protesters, and their trials will take place in the same court room of the Police Academy in New Cairo district.
Mubarak was released because he has already served the maximum amount of pre-trial imprisonment time allotted by law, but he is still facing other charges of influence peddling and profiting from the exports of gas to Israel as well as other illicit gains. The interim-government ordered him placed under house arrest. However, due to security concerns, his location is not public.
Similarly, Morsi is also kept in a secret location. He is facing charges of espionage, inciting violence and killing peaceful protesters. Senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood are being tried with Morsi on the same charges. According to the ruling of the circuit court for urgent matters, the Muslim Brotherhood Association’s activity is banned in Egypt. The urgent matters court ordered “The confiscation of all real estate funds, liquid and transmitted, whether owned by or released to brotherhood”. Lawyer Alaa Essam a member of Tagmoa(leftist party) said that “if an appeal is not made within 15 days, the order will be applied and finalised”.
Supporters of Mubarak believe that the country was safe while he was in power, while Morsi’s supporters claim that he was never given a chance. They say he had only one year to attempt major change, and that the counter revolution conspired against him.
In a leaked record of a conversation between Mubarak and his doctor at Tora prison, Mubarak reportedly said the conspiracy against him was initiated in 2005, instigated by Washington after his refusal to accept any concessions regarding the Sinai. Mubarak also claims that the US was responsible for the rumour that his son was being groomed to take over the presidency. He reportedly said, “Why would I want my son to be president? I understand very well it is a difficult task and only a military leader can do the Job.” Mubarak is claimed to have said that the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood received money to hold sit-ins in Rabaa and elsewhere. He lamented that the Sinai was ruined after Morsi’s release of terrorist, Jihadist as well as Hamas. He added that Hamas was behind the Rafah massacre in August 2012 and they helped Morsi to escape from prison in 2011.
Political analysts say that neither Mubarak nor Morsi’s trial are attracting much public attention. Egyptians are concerned more about the economic situation.
Nasser Amin, a lawyer, believes that the public has lost faith in the legal processes and has little interest in uncovering what happened during the revolution or how many protesters were killed.
Tamarod spokesperson Hassan Shahin said that Mubarak may get some sympathy from many Egyptians but this does not mean they have given up their dreams of a modern democratic country.
Indeed, if people can oust two presidents and lead two revolutions, it is very likely they can pursue their dream of a democratic state where their demands of bread, freedom and social justice are fulfilled.