Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mubarak verdict fails to deliver justice: Amnesty Intl.

An image taken from the Egyptian state TV shows ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak lying on a stretcher inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2, 2012

Source: Press TV

Amnesty international says the court ruling that sentenced Egypt’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for the deaths of some 900 protesters fails to deliver full justice.

“We have from the start welcomed the trial of Mubarak and others for their role in the killing of protesters which began in January 2011. However, the trial and verdict have today left the families of those killed, as well as those injured in the protests, in the dark about the full truth of what happened to their loved ones and it failed to deliver full justice,” Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Ann Harrison said on Saturday.

In a final verdict hearing in a Cairo court on Saturday, the ex-dictator as well as former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli were sentenced to life imprisonment for the killings of protesters during the country’s popular uprising last year that ended his three-decade rule.

However, the court dropped charges against six other security officials, who were brought to trial for the killing of protesters.

“The Egyptian authorities must now establish an independent and impartial commission of inquiry to fill the gap that the court left open,” Harrison added.

The verdict sparked fierce clashes between families of the victims and security officials inside the court. Angry spectators called the court illegitimate and demanded that Mubarak be executed.

There have been several calls for demonstrations, including Muslim Brotherhood (MB) presidential hopeful Mohamed Morsi, later on Saturday to protest against the verdict

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