President Mubarak held power over Egypt for 30 years. The revolution that took place in several cities in Egypt took Mubarak out of office and later made Morsi the new president. During this revolution, many nonviolent protesters were killed, and Mubarak faced a trial in which he was charged over these killings. Mubarak appealed to these charges and on April 13th his appeal was granted, “technically freeing him in the case involving the killing of nonviolent protesters.” Nonetheless, Mubarak was toremain behind bars due to new charges that we added to the other allegations.
|Mubarak waving at his supporters during trial|
The retrial that was to take place on Saturday “was delayed after the judge recused himself and walked out, leaving the court without leadership.” The court requires that a new judge must be found within the next 60 days. The reasons behind the judge’s recusing were to health reasons, as stated by Mubarak’s lawyer. Needless to say, relatives of the victims that died during the revolution were outraged. One of the victims explains, "the government is not giving us the moral support we need, and they're allowing this circus of a trial to continue. We were hoping for a death sentence, but the way it's going, we may see Mubarak free, and his sons free, which means my brother died for nothing.”
Mubarak’s trials are of extreme importance, not only to the relatives of those who died, but also to the international community. Many human rights crimes were committed during these event and need to be punished with the weight of justice. The delays occurring during Mubarak’s trials are antagonizing those who opposed his regime and are making the situation prolong. These issues could proliferate the conflict trap theory that seems to be happening in Egypt. Although, president Morsi is the new leader of Egypt, a large control from the military can still be felt and the sense of clear victory is lost. If the trials continue to prolong, the people affected might take matters into their hands and oppose to the current court system.
What needs to be done by policymakers in this process is to move quickly and find a judge replacement. It is imperative to provide information to citizens of all the steps that are taking place leading to Mubarak’s trial. In order to mitigate the conflict, the government has to show that the situation has not stagnated and it is in the process of coming to its end.
- Brumfield, Ben, Reza Sayah, and Journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy. "Egypt's Mubarak Wins Petition but Will Stay Detained." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.