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Impact of Mubarak verdict

06-05-2012 03:26 BJT

Meanwhile tension continues to rise in Egypt over a decision to give former president Hosni Mubarak a life sentence in prison. Egypt's top prosecutor says will file an appeal against the sentence, and so will the defense. And in a related development, protestors in Tahrir square remained adamant about rejecting the results of the runoff saying they want a presidential committee to rule the country instead.

For three days there have been protests in Tahrir square and in manygovernorates in Egypt.Some sects are still upset at the life prison sentence Mubarak and former interior minister received. They want a death sentence. The prosecutor general announced that he will file an appeal, and so did the defense team.

Mohamed Nassar Lawyer, said, "The grounds of the appeal for the defense it very easy, they can easily rely on the Judges opening speech who said that there were no evidence. As for the civil rights lawyers they will say that this is not a regular murder case, there has been mass murdering in front of hundreds of thousands. And how would the decision makers be convicted while those who actually commit the orders are not guilty." But the appeal request didn't slow down the protesters in Tahrir Square. Which leaves the country in a state of flux with only ten days to the presidential election runoff, between the former Prime minister Shafik and Mohamed Morsi, the Freedom and Justice party president.

Dr. Yousry AL Azabawy Analyst, Ahram Strategic Studies , said, "There is no doubtthat the Mubarak's verdict will impact the elections. More percentage will boycot the elections. It made all political streams stop negotiating with Shafik to givehim support. This gave morsi the upper hand in negotiations after he was going to make many scarifies to get their support. This makes the Muslim brotherhood control the political scene."

Now both battling candidates are trying to reach the 54% of Egyptians who didn't vote in the first round. But those in Tahrir square remain adamant about rejecting the results of the runoff. They want a presidential committee to rule the country instead.

Dr. Yousry AL Azabawy Analyst, Ahram Strategic Studies, said, "Both Ahmed Shafik and Morsi refused Tahrir demands, it is not something acceptable. It is time for people to evolve and respect the results of democracy. The political scene in Egypt is confusing, every day there are battles of power. Now the disqualifiedcandidates are trying to unify, they should have done that in the first phase. If shafik wins, he is coming through a legitimate process the people must respect the majority."

Despite widespread opposition to the runoff as it stands, the supreme council of the armed force confirmed it will be held on time.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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