Egypt

The police state seems to be back in control in Egypt:

An Egyptian court acquitted six police officers Saturday on charges of killing 83 protesters during the country’s 2011 uprising, something rights activists say could allow toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak to walk free on similar charges.

It’s the last case in a string of acquittals for nearly 100 officers charged in the killings of more than 840 demonstrators during the 18-day revolt.

Meanwhile, security forces routinely use a new protest law to target Morsi supporters and others protesting against the interim government. A Cairo court on Saturday sentenced 15 youth protesters to two years in prison and 50,000 Egyptian pound (nearly $7,100) fines for protesting without a permit in January.

This is how ridiculous it’s getting:

Lawyers for the officers denied that they were responsible for the killings. During a Jan. 19 hearing, lawyers referred to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group as the “real killers” of the protesters, the state-run daily newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

Yeah, Mubarak will be free any time now.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Galaxian
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 17:21:24

    Although there’s few punitive options left to apply to Mr. Mubarak, who is probably about to die anyway. Nor has his punishment much affected the overall course of politics in Egypt. Nor am I even sure that most Americans really understand politics there to be able to give fully informed opinions on it, ugly as it is by western standards.

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  2. fredtopeka
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 17:53:33

    It’s hard to know from afar, but there did seem to be an opportunity for real change after Mubarak was overthrown. The Brotherhood and the secularists both blew it–they were acting as enemies, while the military schemed from behind and now appears to have won. It will now surprise me if the new Egyptian government is much different than Mubarak’s.

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