Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Egyptians continue rally against Mubarak verdict

Egyptian demonstrators protest against verdicts passed in ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak's murder trial during a demonstration in Cairo on June 5, 2012

Source: Press TV

Egyptians continue their million-man march in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez to voice their anger at the lenient sentence handed to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The protesters gathered in the capital's iconic Liberation Square and other cities to urge the retrial of Mubarak and his two sons, demanding the death penalty for the octogenarian dictator.

The demonstrators also called for unity among all political parties to prevent the re-emergence of the Mubarak-era dictatorship.

On June 2, Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly were sentenced to life in jail for ordering the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the country’s historic revolution of February 2011.

Six top police commanders also faced the same charge for being involved in the killings, but were acquitted over a “lack of evidence.”

The court also dropped separate charges of corruption Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal faced.

The ruling sparked outrage among Egyptians, with thousands taking to the streets of Cairo, calling for the execution of Mubarak.

A group of protesters also stormed Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq’s offices in the town of Fayyoum on Sunday morning after Shafiq said the verdict must be accepted.

The demonstrators also demanded that Shafiq be barred from the upcoming run-off presidential election.

Amnesty International also responded to the Cairo court’s decision, saying the life in prison ruling for Mubarak fails to deliver full justice.

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