The fourth session of Hosni Mubarak's trial in Cairo today took place behind closed doors, but that hasn't prevented reports of the tumultuous proceedings from surfacing. The session got off to a rocky start as soon as the former Egyptian president, who is charged with corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters, arrived at the courtroom on a stretcher. Arguments between pro- and anti-Mubarak lawyers delayed the proceedings and later forced the judge to call two recesses. The former head of Egypt's bar association and some of the lawyers representing victims' families withdrew from the hearings because of the "chaotic" conditions inside the courtroom, according to Al Jazeera.
The trial is facing another obstacle beyond bad blood: bad witnesses. The judge ordered the arrest of a key prosecution witness today on charges of perjury after suspicions surfaced about the testimony of four previous witnesses, in what the AP is calling a "deep embarrassment to the prosecution." On Wednesday, Captain Mohammed Abdel-Hakim denied he had any knowledge that police were armed or given orders to shoot protesters, after previously telling prosecutors that he had been ordered to fire on demonstrators and had distributed bullets to his soldiers. Some lawyers for families of slain protesters have accused senior Egyptian officials and Mubarak supporters of leaning on the witnesses to change their stories in favor of the defense, and have demanded a change of judge and new witnesses in light of the contradictory testimony.
Then there's the matter of the Kuwaiti lawyers who are helping defend Mubarak. The volunteer lawyers say they've come to the former Egyptian leader's aid because Mubarak supported a U.S.-led coalition to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991. But, as Al Jazeera points out, the "request has piqued many Egyptians, who see the trial of their former president for 30 years as an internal matter."
Still, for all the tumult, today's session didn't spark the kind of violent clashes outside the courtroom between protesters and police that took place during the trial's third session on Monday, and produced images like the one below. And Wednesday's court appearance also generated what appears to be good news for victims' families: Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi, Mubarak's former defense minister and current military ruler, will soon testify along with Omar Suleiman, Mubarak's vice president and intelligence chief, about Mubarak's role in putting down the Egyptian uprising.
Thousands of protesters flocked to Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square on Friday for a mass rally billed as “Correcting the Path” of the revolution for demanding reforms as the ruling military warned it would respond harshly to any violence by activists.
Organizers called the rally to press Egypt’s military rulers to keep their promises of reform after a revolt ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February.
Protesters, gathered under a scorching sun, filled a section of the square to listen to the weekly Muslim prayer sermon, according to AFP.
“It would be shame on the Egyptian people if they forget their revolution,” the preacher said.
He attacked some of the prosecution witnesses in the ongoing murder trial of Mubarak and his security chiefs for testifying in court this week that they had not been ordered to use deadly force against protesters during the revolt.
“They must be charged with false testimony. How can a prosecution witness turn into a defense witness?” the cleric asked.
The preacher also denounced military trials for civilians. The military, which took charge after Mubarak's ouster, has sentenced thousands of people to prison terms since February.
Protesters chanted slogans against the military ruler and current de facto head of the state Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi after the sermon ended.
One banner read, “Egyptians, come out of your homes, Tantawi is Mubarak,” according to The Associated Press.
Protester Khaled Abdel-Hamid said Tantawi’s plan to transfer power to civilian rule is unclear. He and thousands more are also protesting against the trials of civilians in military courts.
Ibrahim Ali, an agricultural engineer, said he had come to the capital from northern Egypt to attend the rally, according to AFP.
“None of the revolution's demands have been met,” he said. “There is still injustice in the country.”
The military, in a statement posted on its Facebook page, said it respected the activists’ right to protest peacefully, but warned it would respond to violence by the protesters with “the utmost severity and decisiveness.”
The interior ministry said it had withdrawn riot police stationed in Tahrir Square to allow the activists to protest unhindered, the official MENA news agency reported.
The protest was called by mostly secular and leftist activists, and is being boycotted by the influential Muslim Brotherhood movement and other Islamist groups.
Mohsen Rady, a senior Brotherhood member, told state television his movement, which is showing growing strains with the military, believed Egyptians were weary of protests.
“People have grown bored of these demonstrations,” he said.
Secular activists are concerned that the military’s current timetable for parliamentary elections in autumn will play into the hands of the Brotherhood by denying new political movements the time to organize into parties.
The activists are also demanding an end to the military trials of civilians.
The Democratic Front party, set up by activists who ousted Mubarak after the uprising, said it will demand that Egypt’s military rulers prepare a “comprehensive timetable that will spell out the steps for the interim period, starting with the presidential elections.”
Presidential hopeful Mohammed ElBaradei, former head of the international atomic watchdog the IAEA, said Egyptians were entitled to demonstrate peacefully, especially since many of their demands have yet to be realized.
But Mohamed Saad el-Katatni, secretary-general of the Freedom and Justice Party set up by the Muslim Brotherhood to contest parliamentary elections scheduled for November, suggested it was not yet time for further demonstrations because previous protests had already brought some results.
“In case they are not achieved, then we return to the square,” he said.
Protests were also organized in Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, and in the Suez Canal city of Suez. Witnesses said military police detained three activists during a demonstration in the city, according to Reuters.
In Alexandria, thousands of protesters chanted “The trial, the trial or the gang will stay in power.”
One of the protesters, Hazem Ahmed, 26, a member of Egypt’s Democratic Front party said: “I joined the protest today because of the slow pace of the trials and it being not serious.”
CAÏRO - Duizenden Egyptenaren zijn vrijdag in Egypte de straat opgegaan om te protesteren tegen de noodwet die nog stamt uit de tijd van het regime van de verdreven president Hosni Mubarak.
De betogers eisen dat de militaire raad die Egypte bestuurt de noodwet opheft.
De gehate wet, die al meer dan dertig jaar van kracht is, geeft de politie schier onbeperkte macht. Bovendien stelt de wet de Egyptische regering in staat mensen voor onbepaalde tijd vast te houden en ze voor speciale rechtbanken te berechten.
Activisten menen dat de noodtoestand de oorzaak is van de mensenrechtenschendingen tijdens het regime van Mubarak.
De betogingen op het Tahrir-plein in Caïro en in andere steden kregen de titel 'Eis de revolutie terug' mee. Het opheffen van de noodtoestand was een van de belangrijkste eisen van de demonstranten die in februari Mubarak tot aftreden dwongen.
CAÏRO - Bij een protest van enkele honderden kopten in de Egyptische hoofdstad Caïro zijn zondag drie militairen omgekomen en raakten 20 anderen gewond. Dat meldde de staatstelevisie.
De christenen protesteren tegen een aanval vorige week op een kerk in het zuidelijke provincie Aswan. Dat zou het werk zijn van radicale moslims. Ongeveer 10 procent van de 80 miljoen Egyptenaren is kopt. De kopten eisen het ontslag van de gouverneur van Aswan.
Het protest begon vreedzaam, maar tijdens de mars werden de kopten bekogeld vanaf daken en balkons door buurtbewoners, meldde de Arabische nieuwszender al-Jazeera.
Bij het gebouw van de staatstelevisie blokkeerden de kopten een doorgangsweg waarna de militaire politie ingreep.
Bij het geweld dat daarop volgde ging een aantal voertuigen van het leger in vlammen op. Demonstranten gooiden met brandbommen. Ook waren er schoten te horen.
De woede van de kopten is sinds de val van president Hosni Mubarak in februari gegroeid. Volgens de christenen treedt de regerende militaire raad onvoldoende op tegen moslims die kopten en hun kerken aanvallen.
Cairo – The trial of Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak on charges of complicity in the killing of more than 800 protesters this year has been adjourned until December 28.
Mubarak’s trial began nearly three months ago, and Sunday’s lengthy adjournment was certain to frustrate leaders of the anti-Mubarak protest movement who want to see the former leader and his co-defendants — his two sons, security chief and six top police officers — brought swiftly to justice.
Mubarak stepped down in February after a popular uprising. Reformers are frustrated by what they see as the slow progress by Egypt’s military rulers to liberalise the system.
The adjournment was meant to allow time for another court to rule on a request by lawyers for the victims to remove the three-judge panel in Mubarak’s trial. That ruling is expected on November 03.
Mubarak, his two sons, former security chief and the six police officers sat in the defendants’ cage for Sunday’s 10-minute hearing. If convicted, Mubarak could face the death penalty. Mubarak and his sons also face corruption charges.
An 18-day uprising forced Mubarak to step down Februar 11.
Also Sunday, two prominent activists were summoned for questioning by military prosecutors for their alleged role in the incitement of clashes this month in which 27 people, most of them Christians, were killed and hundreds were wounded.
The two refused to answer the prosecutors’ questions on grounds that the military was involved in the violence and therefore could not be impartial, according to rights lawyer Gamal Eid.
Alaa Abdel-Fattah was ordered held in custody for 15 days, while Bahaa Saber was released.
The two are suspected of inciting the violence and of damaging military property.
The questioning of the two set social networks abuzz with comments by activists denouncing the move and calling for the ouster of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the body of top military officers that took over from Mubarak.
The October 09 violence was the deadliest since the military took over and was a stark contrast to the idealistic sense of Muslim-Christian unity that flourished during the anti-Mubarak uprising.
It began when thousands of Christians demonstrated outside the state television building in Cairo, protesting an attack on a church in southern Egypt. Army troops waded in, and armoured personnel carriers barrelled through the crowds. Some of the dead were crushed by army vehicles or shot to death, according to video from the scene. State media said three soldiers were among the dead.
The military tried to exonerate itself, blaming the Christians and “hidden hands” for starting the violence, denying its troops shot protesters or intentionally ran them over. Witnesses said soldiers started the melee. Videos showing soldiers beating and shooting into crowds and armoured vehicles seeming to chase protesters cast doubt on the military’s account.
Abdel-Fattah and Saber were the latest in a long list of bloggers, journalists and activists who have been questioned by the military or faced military tribunals. The referral of civilians to military trials — at least 12 000 since February — is at the heart of tension between the military and the youth groups behind Mubarak’s ouster.
The military is also accused by the groups of mishandling the transition period and acting too slowly in dismantling the elements of Mubarak’s 29-year regime. The military insists that it plans to hand over power to an elected civilian government and that its concern for the country’s security is the reason for its use of military courts to try civilians.
Egyptian activists have called for an international day of action to defend their country’s revolution, as global opposition mounts towards the military junta.
In a statement appealing for solidarity from the worldwide Occupy movement that has taken control of public squares in London, New York and hundreds of other cities, campaigners in Egypt claim their revolution is “under attack” from army generals and insist they too are fighting against a “1%” elite intent on stifling democracy and promoting social injustice.
The announcement came as Alaa Abd El Fattah, the jailed Egyptian revolutionary who has become a rallying figure for those opposed to the junta, had his appeal against detention refused by a military court. He and 30 other defendants accused of inciting violence against the military will remain in prison for at least 10 more days. The authorities could then choose to extend their incarceration indefinitely. This week a secret letter written by Abd El Fattah from inside his cell at Bab el-Khalq jail was published by the Guardian and the Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk, laying bare the growing chasm between the ruling generals and grassroots activists who believe that their revolution has been hijacked.
In Thursday’s communique, which was jointly signed by a number of activist groups and published on the website of the “No to military trials” campaign, Egyptian protesters say that while global media attention has shifted elsewhere since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in February, their struggle has continued.
“Again and again the army and the police have attacked us, beaten us, arrested us, killed us,” reads the statement. “And we have resisted, we have continued; some of these days we lost, others we won, but never without cost. Over a thousand gave their lives to remove Mubarak. Many more have joined them in death since. We go on so that their deaths will not be in vain.”
The statement reaffirms activists’ decision to withdraw all co-operation from the military justice system: “We now refuse to co-operate with military trials and prosecutions. We will not hand ourselves in, we will not submit ourselves to questioning. If they want us, they can take us from our homes and workplaces.”
It ends with a call for an international day of action on 12 November. “Nine months into our new military repression, we are still fighting for our revolution,” the activists conclude. “Our strength is in our shared struggle. If they stifle our resistance, the 1% will win – in Cairo, New York, London, Rome – everywhere. But while the revolution lives, our imaginations knows no bounds. We can still create a world worth living.”
Sandy Nurse, of Occupy Wall Street, said: “The Egyptian people have changed the face of the regime and the revolution is momentous but unfortunately it is far from over. Changing the face of the regime, getting rid of Mubarak, is like changing the curtains: the military is in control of the country and has been for a long time.”
Nurse, who is on the direct action committee of OWS, expressed her personal solidarity with the people of Egypt and added: “I believe Occupy Wall Street would be in solidarity with the continued struggle of the Egyptian protesters.”
Anup Desai, a press spokesman for OWS, said: “The effort put out by the entire country in Egypt gave us motivation. Egypt has won the first step. I was not aware what was happening so I am grateful for this opportunity to learn and I thank the Egyptian activists. What is happening with the military and the military courts is 100% wrong and we need to share this and tell people about it.”
Desai, who is also a professor of philosophy at City University of New York, expressed solidarity with the activists and said: “We need to keep coming together.”
Naomi Colvin, from the Occupy London movement, said: “All decisions are made through a general assembly but I’m sure we will strongly support the call from our friends in the Middle East to stand in solidarity with them through an international day of action.
“Egyptians provided us with an example of courage that has inspired not only our own protest but many others around the world, and we owe it to them to support their ongoing struggle in any way we can.”
Links between political upheavals in the Arab world and the campaign against financial injustice in the west have strengthened in recent weeks, with demonstrators on both sides claiming inspiration from the others’ struggle. On Wednesday protesters in Oakland waved an Egyptian flag during their general strike, prompting some Cairo-based bloggers to reflect on the similarities between the police tactics used in the US and Egypt. On Thursday activists camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London conducted a live video link with anti-regime protesters in Syria, while plans are under way for a solidarity rally on Saturday in support of Egyptians being held by the junta.
Meanwhile, in Egypt, more political leaders have spoken out against draft constitutional principles released by the interim cabinet that would see the military’s influence over civilian government permanently enshrined in law.
Presidential candidate and former UN nuclear energy chief Mohamed ElBaradei called the document – which would shield the army from parliamentary oversight, give generals a final say over major policies and allow the military to dominate the writing of a new constitution – “distorted” and demanded its withdrawal. “There is a difference between a civilian democratic state that guarantees man’s basic rights and military guardianship,” warned the Nobel laureate.
Secular political forces had initially called for a set of “supra-constitutional” principles to be written in an effort to dilute the influence of Islamist parties, who are expected to do well in the upcoming parliamentary elections and hence play a major role in the creation of a new constitution next year. But they have since become alarmed at the military’s apparent attempts to cement its long-term position of power in the country, and many are now demanding the resignation of deputy prime minister Ali el-Selmi, who was responsible for releasing the contentious document.
The Muslim Brotherhood has also come out against the draft constitutional principles, saying they amount to a “rape of the people’s will”.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians are holding a rally in Cairo to protest against Egypt’s military rulers.
Demonstrators from across the political spectrum have gathered in Tahrir Square after the military council proposed controversial constitutional changes.
Many Egyptians fear the military is trying to entrench its power.
Egypt has been ruled by a military council since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February. Parliamentary elections are due this month.
The protest, and another in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, are demanding the withdrawal of proposals for constitutional change by the military authorities.
The cabinet wants to declare the military the guardian of “constitutional legitimacy”. Critics say the wording suggests the armed forces could have the final word on major policies even after a new president is elected.
The document also introduces clauses that would shield the military from civilian oversight.
Our correspondent says there is also widespread frustration in Egypt that, despite the overthrow of Mr Mubarak, life for the majority is not improving.
However, it is the conservative Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood who are most vocal in these demonstrations rather than the young people using social networks who led the protests earlier this year, he says.
Witnesses say that Tahrir Square was split between the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and the more hardline Islamist Salafi rivals, represented by several political parties.
The two set up separate stages and organised their own speeches and chants, only joining forces for Friday prayers.
The Brotherhood has so far avoided confrontation with the ruling military Supreme Council but is now warning that protests will escalate if plans to give permanent political powers to the military are not scrapped.
“The army has no role in ruling people,” said Hani Hegazi, 28, a Brotherhood member in the Cairo protest.
“Its only job is to protect the country. We want civilian rule chosen through democracy.”
In Tahrir Square – the symbolic heart of the uprising that toppled President Mubarak – people waved banners reading: “Down with military rule” and “Egypt our country is not a military camp”.
In Alexandria, thousands of Islamists and members of youth groups planned to head to a military base in a show of protest against the army.
The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt’s most organised political group and is expected to perform well in elections due on 28 November.
Tens of thousands of protesters have packed into central Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand that Egypt's military rulers step aside.
The demonstrators want the postponement of elections due to start on Monday.
Prime Minister-designate Kamal Ganzouri has said he will not form a new cabinet until after the polls.
The latest wave of protests has led to the worst violence since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February. More than 40 people have been killed.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) is overseeing a transition to civilian rule.
Despite promises by the council to speed up the process, some protesters fear it intends to cling to power. They want military rule to end before parliamentary elections are held.
Yet many Egyptians want the polls to go ahead as planned. One influential group, the Muslim Brotherhood - which is expected to do well in the vote - is not supporting the Tahrir Square protests.
A large rival demonstration in favour of the elections is taking place near the interior ministry building, with people there chanting that they are the "real Egypt".
In Washington, the White House said power in Egypt should be transferred to civilians "as soon as possible".
"The United States strongly believes that the new Egyptian government must be empowered with real authority immediately," a White House statement said.
Sunni Islam's highest authority, the grand imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque, sent the protesters a rare message of support. An aide, Hassan Shafie, was shown on local TV telling the crowd on Tahrir Square: "The grand imam backs you and is praying for your victory."
The Tahrir Square rally follows Friday prayers as well as a week of protests.
Tens of thousands have converged on the square to take part in what organisers call a "last chance Friday" rally demanding an immediate transfer of power.
The imam leading the main Friday prayers in Cairo called on the military to hand over power, and said demonstrators would remain in the square until their demands were met, AFP news agency reported.
In his first public statement since being named, Mr Ganzouri said he was sure that Scaf leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi had no desire to stay in power, saying that otherwise, he would not have agreed to become prime minister.
Mr Ganzouri, who headed Egypt's government from 1996 to 1999 under Mr Mubarak, said he had been granted greater powers than his predecessors but had not yet begun assembling his ministerial team, although it would be formed within the coming days.
Until then, he said former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, who resigned over the protests earlier this week, would remain in office.
Mr Ganzouri's appointment has been heavily criticised by many protesters.
"For the second time, we are going to depend upon the old guard of Mubarak's regime. Why do we not give chance for the young, instead of those people who are 80 years old?" one man in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Suhir Nadim, told Reuters news agency.
"Appointing Ganzouri is a crisis for the revolution. We must remain in Tahrir," another protester, 44-year-old Hossam Amer, told Reuters.
On Tuesday, the head of Scaf, Field Marshal Tantawi, accepted the resignation of the previous military-backed civilian cabinet and announced that presidential elections would be held by June 2012 - six months earlier than planned.
The military council has apologised for the deaths of protesters, but insisted that parliamentary polls would start on Monday as scheduled.
The Egyptian Independent Trade Union Federation called for a march to Tahrir Square, while another labour rights group called for a general strike to back the protests.
Much of the recent violence has taken place in a street leading from Tahrir Square to the interior ministry. Soldiers have now set up barricades of cement, metal bars and barbed wire to separate protesters and security forces.
Mr Ganzouri, who distanced himself from Mr Mubarak's regime, has been suggested as a possible presidential candidate.
During his term as prime minister, he was known as the "minister of the poor" because he was seen as representing the less well-off, and he remains popular with many Egyptians, says the BBC's Yolande Knell, in Cairo.
Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers swept into Cairo’s Tahrir Square, chasing protesters and beating them to the ground with sticks and throwing journalists’ TV cameras off balconies in the second day of a violent crackdown on anti-military protesters that has left nine dead and hundreds injured.
The violent, chaotic scenes have brought to the fore the simmering tensions between the ruling military council that took power after Hosni Mubarak’s ousting and activists demanding the generals transfer power immediately to civilians.
The clashes also serve as a near repeat of the deadly street fighting between youth protesters and security forces in November that lasted for days and left more than 40 dead.
Earlier, hundreds of protesters hurled stones at security forces, who set up a concrete wall and barbed wire to seal off streets between Tahrir and the nearby parliament building. Soldiers on rooftops pelted the crowds below with stones, prompting many of the protesters to pick up helmets, satellite dishes or sheets of metal to try to shield themselves.
Stones, dirt and shattered glass littered the streets, while flames leapt out of the windows of a two-story building set ablaze near parliament, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the sky.
Witnesses said soldiers wielding batons and dressed in riot gear then chased protesters through the streets and into Tahrir Square, which served as the epicentre of the uprising that toppled Mubarak in February.
Footage broadcast on the private Egyptian CBC television network showed soldiers beating two protesters with sticks, repeatedly stamping on the head of one, before leaving the motionless bodies on the pavement.
Soldiers set fire to tents inside the square, and swept through buildings where television crews were filming and confiscated their equipment and briefly detained journalists.
In one case, soldiers charged up the stairs of a hotel from which Al-Jazeera TV was filming the turmoil below and demanded a female hotel worker tell them where the media crew was or else they would beat her up, a member of the Al-Jazeera crew said.
Vorig jaar was iedereen nog blij. De lente stond in volle bloei en Pa Moebarak, de ouwe tuinman die jarenlang alleen maar cactussen had gekweekt, was redelijk netjes buiten de deur gezet. Niet in zijn reet gestoken of in een riool gejaagd, maar in een leuk buitenhuisje neergezet in afwachting van zijn proces. Bungelen kan altijd nog.
Die lente was niet toevallig uitgebroken. Er was heel wat veldwerk verricht door een compagnie westerse democratiezaaiers, de zogenaamde NGO's, die zich met name richtten op jonge studenten om overal de bollen in de grond te steken.
Het alternatief was de import van rebellen, die net als bij de Libische buren eerst van de hele tuin een chaos zouden maken voordat er uiteindelijk een bolletje geplant kon worden. En dan was het nog maar de vraag of Allah de gebeden wilde verhoren. Dus wat doe je? Je luistert goed naar het gefluister van de westerse Vijfde Colonne en gaat aan de slag.
En verdomd het lukte! Iedereen blij. Maar wat blijkt? De cactusleveranciers van Pa Moebarak hebben de tuin bezet en verdommen het om op te lazeren. Hebben voor de schijn een babbelbox in het leven geroepen, waar de Moslim Broederschap nu de dienst uitmaakt en laten af en toe het Tahrirplein occupyen tot ze er genoeg van hebben.
Een heel stel leden van de Vijfde Colonne kregen geen toestemming het land te verlaten in afwachting van een onderzoek naar de kwaliteit van de geplante lentebollen en de eventuële aanwezigheid van ziektekiemen. Een aantal Amerikaanse NGO-leden hadden ineens moeite om hun sluitspieren ordentelijk te laten functioneren en hebben hun toevlucht gezocht in hun ambassade.
Prez. Obomba heeft inmiddels al geprotesteerd en gedreigd de geldkraan dicht te draaien als de betrokken colonistas nog verder worden gepiepeld.
Zo zie je maar, je kan wel bollen planten, maar die bloeien maar effies. En dan is het de vraag, hoe nu verder? Lente is mooi, maar er komt altijd wat achteraan.
Eerst waren het maar een paar Amerikanski's, maar nu zijn het er al 19. Samen met 24 luitjes uit andere windstreken (onder wie Serven, Duitsers, Arabieren en een verdwaalde Noor) worden ze min of meer vastgehouden achter de kont van de Sfinx. Ze mogen het land niet uit en komen binnenkort op de rol van het gerechtshof in Cairo. Ze hadden hun ziel en zaligheid verpand aan verschillende NGO's met mensenrechten, vrijheid, democratie en andere snuisterijen in het vaandel en worden nu verdacht van subversieve activiteiten.
Vallen wij niet van verbazing achterover de Nijl in. Gezien de narigheid die zich achter sommige NGO's schuilhoudt mogen we gerust aannemen, dat er tussen deze 43 in ieder geval een paar fouterikken zitten die contacten onderhouden met secretsmurfen organisaties. Lente in Egypte? Het lijkt wel herfst.
Reports that Egypt’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman is planning to run for president in the country’s upcoming elections have outraged many Egyptians, Press TV reports.
According to reports in several Egyptian newspapers on Monday, the ex-intelligence czar intends to officially register himself for the country’s first presidential elections since former ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular revolution last year.
“I cannot refuse the call of the people, I don’t want power but to prove my intention to serve the country for the rest of my life,” Suleiman was quoted as saying by the state-owned daily newspaper Al-Akhbar.
The news has angered many Egyptians who are calling for the prosecution of Suleiman who also served as vice president for several days before Mubarak was forced out of power.
“Omar Suleiman is a murderer, and not only that, he stood in the way of Palestine’s liberation and exported gas to Israel. How come such a corrupt man can become Egypt’s president?” a Cairo resident told Press TV.
Sulieman is the third presidential candidate to be drawn from Egyptian General Intelligence after General Hossam Khairallah and Major General Mamdouh Qotub.
Registration for candidacy is open until April 8, with the first round of elections scheduled for May 23 and May 24.