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Pretty astonishing scenes, right there.
As far as I can see it's yet another case of a former dictator pleading ''too ill to stand trial'' as delaying tactics, hoping that it'll all just fizzle out.
as I got out the car this morning, but didn't catch what. What's the deal?
They wheeled him in lying on a bed in a cage. Pretty mental.
I don't know why anyone wants to watch this. I do agree with its being televised but I think only for people in Egypt (who protested for a trial to take place) to believe this is actually happening and that it represents a break from the past.
But I have my doubts about whether this is a change from the status quo or just the amry's way of appeasing pro-democracy factions while it suits them. If you look at where all the (saudi) money is flowing in, it's not to the democracy protestors.
- He's an 83 year old man who may well be very ill. They've done well not to humiliate him so far.
- The case against him is actually quite weak and it's going to be hard to prove command responsibility.
- This isn't an international criminal court.
- If found guilty, he is probably going to be executed.
- The huge political divisions. If handled badly, this trial could affect reconciliation (not that they're anywhere near that)/ drafting of the constitution/ transition to democracy (if this ever happens) in a very negative way. It does seem this trial is something they can all rally around for now but I don't think retribution or even vengeance a la Terreur is going to do anything good for Egypt.
Wow so not confident for Egypt. Hopefully I'm wrong.
actually yeah what this guys says http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/03/mubarak-trial-egypt