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Court may soon free Egypt’s Mubarak after dropping one more charge

Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO—Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted of
the third of four charges brought against him after his overthrow in 2011. The court
could grant him a conditional release as early as this week, his lawyer says.

A Cairo court granted former President Mubarak conditional release in a corruption
case on Monday, placing him one step closer to leaving prison. However, the
long-time Egyptian leader must remain in custody until the court rules on his fourth
charge, according to judicial sources.

Mubarak, 85, awaits the ruling in a final corruption case based on allegations of
illegally accepting gifts during his time as president. His lawyer, Farid al-Dib,
reportedly expects the court to drop the charge, as Mubarak has already repaid the
value of the gift.

“I expect a decision to be reached within 24 hours,” al-Dib said, according to news
agency DPA.

A popular uprising toppled Mubarak’s regime in early 2011, bringing an end to his
30-year-rule. Shortly thereafter, the ex-president was arrested and has remained in
detention in Torah prison.

Several months after relinquishing his office, an Egyptian court sentenced Mubarak
and his former interior minister, Habib Adly, to life imprisonment for complicity in the
deaths of some of the protesters killed during the Arab Spring in Egypt. He appealed
the conviction and now awaits a retrial.

The news of Mubarak’s possible release came amid widespread unrest and political
instability in Egypt.

Source: Deutsche Welle


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Mubarak–U.S. sought military bases by any means necessary

Mubarak and Obama

Newscast Media CAIRO—Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that Washington wanted access to military bases in Egypt at any price, but he had been always refusing, local Al-Watan daily quoted him as saying.

Mubarak’s remarks, posted online on Wednesday, were delivered during dialogue he made with a man who used to visit him in prison.

Mubarak told the man that the former Minister of Defense Abdel-Halim Abu Ghazala informed him once that the U.S. had asked for a military base in Egypt and he agreed.

“I replied: You don’t have the power to agree, nor I. This land is neither yours nor mine,” Mubarak said.

“The Americans wanted bases at any price,” he stressed, adding that Washington had asked more than once for bases in the west of Cairo and Burj Al Arab near Alexandria. However, he repeatedly responded that “the Egyptian constitution does allow it neither to Abu-Ghazaleh, nor to me personally. It requires the approval of the Egyptian parliament, and even if approved by Parliament it needs a referendum, and I
ended the discussion here,” he said.

Fielding a question about the role of the United States and Israel in what is happening now in Egypt and the Arab region, the former Egyptian president replied that all what matters to the U.S. is to ensure the security of Israel, and “they were for long putting pressure on the Arabs for this goal.”

According to Mubarak, Washington also wanted to establish an electronic network for the armed forces, but he refused for fear of Israeli and American espionage.

“In 2006 or 2007, Washington had asked for F.M. frequency in Greater Cairo, but the then Minister of Information refused the request.” Mubarak said.

“One day, I received the American ambassador who told me: Give me F.M. frequency because there is a $270 million aid to Egypt which is still pending in Washington for this reason. I refused and replied: keep it with you. We don’t need it,” Mubarak recalled.

“After fifteen days, they sent the $ 270 million… They wanted the frequency in order to spy and control everything,” the ousted President noted.

As for his stepping down, Mubarak claimed that he made the decision without any pressure.

“It was possible to continue in office, but I decided to step down in order to preserve the lives of the people and prevent the bloodshed,” he stressed. Moreover, Mubarak refused to talk about what happened during the January 25 revolution, and said: “I do not like to speak on this. It has passed away.”

He also refused to talk about the role of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in the attacks committed against peaceful protesters.

Source: Al Manar News


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Court orders Mubarak release pending fraud investigation

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO—Egyptian television announced that the South Cairo Criminal Court has released former president Hosni Mubarak pending retrial over charges of complicity in murdering protesters during the January 2011 uprising Monday.

Mubarak will however remain in custody pending an investigation over other corruption charges related to the misuse of funds allocated for the renovation of presidential palaces. The trial of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak will now be heard on 11 May.

The Appeals Court on Monday examined a request submitted by Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al-Deeb for the release of Mubarak on the grounds that the period of provisional detention has expired. The memorandum submitted by Deeb argues that Mubarak’s provisional detention, which started in April 2011, has ended because two years have elapsed since the start of his trial.

Judge Mostafa Hassan on Saturday declined to review the case related to the involvement in the killing of protesters, recusing himself and referring the case to the Appeals Court, which should determine another court circuit to examine the case. Prosecutors told the Cairo Criminal Court that the time the former president has already spent in detention exceeded the legal limit for custody detention and there would be no legal reason for him to detained.

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak also arrived at the Police Academy on Monday to attend a court session that will rule on their release pending review of a case in which they are charged with financial corruption.


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Egyptians: Mohammed Morsi has surpassed Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted on grounds that he was running a dictatorship, now the same Egyptians who called for his ouster, say Mohammed Morsi is worse and has exceeded Mubarak by driving the country into a civil war.

Leftist, liberal and independent political forces met Thursday at the headquarters of Egypt’s Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) to comment on the current political crisis and planned weekend protests. Meeting attendees included members of the SPAP, the Constitution Party, the Popular Current movement, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Free Egyptians Party, the Free Egypt Party, the 6 April youth movement, the National Front for Justice and Democracy, the Lotus Revolution Coalition and the Maspero Youth Coalition, among others.

In a joint press statement released after the meeting, attendees called on Egyptians nationwide to take to the streets on Friday in planned demonstrations to demand that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi reverse last week’s “authoritarian” presidential decree.

“The only way to break the current impasse is to listen to the pulse of the street, as opposed to following a group that has attempted to steal the revolution,” the statement read.

They further called on protesters to avoid clashing with pro-Morsi rallies planned by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties for Saturday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The statement went on to accuse Morsi of adopting the methods of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. “This is certainly proof of the quivering regime, which cannot withstand such public outrage and uses force,” the statement read.

“Morsi has exceeded Mubarak by attempting to drive the country into civil war, of which only he will be held responsible for,” the statement warned.

Commenting on the constitutional draft currently being voted on by Egypt’s Constituent Assembly, they claimed the draft charter was “void” and thus could not be put before public referendum.

“This is a constitution drafted by an illegitimate assembly that represents only one political current and is not representative of Egyptian society at large,” the statement read.

They reiterated their rejection of the same practice seen in last year’s March referendum on the constitution, which “largely resulted in the division of Egyptian society.”

Source: Ahram News Online


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SCAF: Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi will be president for a short time

Muhammed Morsi

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammed Morsi may have won the presidency, but since the current constitution was suspended by SCAF and parliament dissolved, when a new constitution is drafted by SCAF and new parliamentary elections take place, the current president will not
remain in office—his stay in office will be short the head of SCAF’s advisory said.

“The upcoming president will occupy the office for a short period of time, whether or not he agrees. His office term will be short despite the huge efforts exerted in the election campaign. This is simply because a new constitution will be drafted, followed by new parliamentary elections to take on the legislative power and therefore it is not possible in any event for the president to remain in office after a new constitution comes to life,” said Sameh Ashour.

In a news conference, SCAF said it will be its own boss and the new president will not be its commander-in-chief. SCAF also will retain limited legislative powers. It seems the current president’s role is merely ceremonial and transitional. The video below by Al-Jazeera discusses the aftermath of the recent election:


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Mubarak’s health deteriorates after being admitted to prison

Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO— Egypt ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s health conditions deteriorated severely on his fourth day in the Tora prison, state media reported on Tuesday.

Mubarak, 84, is suffering physical and psychological problems which have been accumulating since he was admitted to the prison on Saturday after the court announced the verdicts.

Mubarak’s wife Suzanne visited Mubarak on Monday for the first time since he was moved here. She was accompanied by her daughters- in-law Heidi Rasekh and Khadiga el-Gammal and her son’s father-in- law Mahmoud el-Gammal.

Mubarak told his wife “They brought me here to kill me,” according to Al Masry Al Youm. The former president had stayed in a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo before the final verdict over the weekend.

Mubarak’s wife cried and completely suffered a breakdown upon seeing her husband in the Tora prison, which frustrated Mubarak very much and made him refuse to eat the whole day, according to state news agency MENA.

The Cairo Criminal Court last Saturday sentenced Mubarak and former interior minister Habib Adli to life in jail over the charges of complicity in killing protestors. His two sons and six former police officers were acquitted.

The ex-president then was directly moved to the Tora Prison by a helicopter in line with a decision by the top prosecutor after the verdict. Mubarak was shocked and refused to leave the plane. He, who suffered health problems, even cried, local media reported. After more than two hours of negotiations, he agreed to enter the prison in southern Cairo.

On Sunday, the ex-leader wore a blue suit for convicted prisoners. Prison officials took a photo of him and gave him a prison number like any inmate. Mubarak demanded two doctors from the International Medical Center where he had been detained before the verdicts accompany him in the Tora prison’s hospital, but was refused by prison authorities, according to MENA.

Gamal and Alaa submitted an application to be all in one prison with their father under the article of “reunion” of the prisons’ law. Gamal’s demand was approved but Alaa’s has not been determined yet.
Source: Xinhua


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Mubarak to issue apology to Egyptians and ask for amnesty

Former President Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — Despite last week’s bloody clashes in Cairo, elections went smoothly with a surprisingly large turnout as Egyptians seek to form a new civilian government. While voters waited patiently in line for a chance to vote, former President Hosni Mubarak was in his hospital room at Sharm al-Sheikh resort, drafting a letter with an apology and imploring Egyptians to offer him and his family amnesty. The letter is intended to be broadcast in Egypt and across the Arab world.

“However transparent Mr. Mubarak’s strategy might be, it could offer Egypt’s current military rulers a way out from prosecuting their ailing former boss. In any case, it is considered unlikely that the courts would condemn Mr. Mubarak to death—as some revolutionaries have demanded—or even incarcerate him,” Al Arabia News reported.

Meanwhile, Director of Yafa Research Center in Egypt Rafat Sayyed Ahmad, accused the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of sowing discord between the Egyptian nation and army in a bid to prevent a peaceful holding of elections in the country.

“The US and the Persian Gulf Arab states have plans to sow discord between the Egyptian nation and army in a bid to prevent a peaceful holding of elections in the country,” he said.

“We are living under such circumstances that horizontal and vertical gaps have widened so much that we don’t know which stream approves or disapproves of a given option and this is mainly the result of the efforts made by certain Persian Gulf countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with the US,” Ahmad told Iran’s FARS News Agency on Monday.

About 17 million eligible voters are expected to go to participate in the first stage. According to state-run Al-Ahram the largest news distribution in Egypt, the second stage begins on December 14, with a run-off on December 21, and includes the governorates of Giza, Beni Sweif, Menoufiya, Sharqiya, Ismailia, Suez, Beheira, Sohag and Aswan. The third stage kicks off on January 3, with a run off on January 10, 2012. It includes Minya, Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Daqahliya, North Sinai, South Sinai, Marsa Matrouh, Qena and Al-Wadi Al-Gedid.


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Occupy Wall Street is nothing like the Egyptian revolution

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The Occupy Wall Street movement has been contaminated and will soon be rendered ineffective due to the lack focus by its participants and its infiltration by FBI.

Newscast Media was the first and only new outlet in this news article to use critical thinking and predict that the US government would plant covert agents to gather intelligence about the inner dynamics of the movement. It appears the FBI had already planted its agents even before the execution of Troy Davis and has an extended network of agents working within.

Gawker has now confirmed that indeed there are plants within the movement masquerading as protesters, and are indeed spies gathering information and sending it back to the FBI headquarters and New York Police Department.

How the movement got corrupted

The Occupy Wall Street started out with pure intentions as participants genuinely protested against the banking cartel’s manipulation of the economy. They even published their own newspaper after the media ignored them. All of a sudden the media became actively involved, unions endorsed the movement, politicians jumped on the bandwagon and even multi-million dollar celebrities threw their weight behind Occupy Wall Street. When Barack Obama endorsed the movement, that was the kiss of death, and it took a whole new twist.

Today the media has turned what started out as a genuine movement into a Democrat v. Republican; Liberal v. Conservative or Socialism v. Capitalism movement, and have adulterated the entire revolution. Once the mainstream media, unions and politicians got involved, the movement became tainted and lost its potency. Former president Bill Clinton opined that the demonstrators needed to clearly define their goals, something I have already written about.

The streets are ours

The Egyptian revolution and Occupy Wall Street are as different as night and day. The Egyptians were clear that the revolution belonged to them and not the media or politicians. In fact when there was a media black-out in Egypt, that’s when the revolution became the most effective. At one point CNN’s Anderson Cooper said they ran him out of town because Egyptians had a distrust for the corporate media. Other media practitioners were arrested and detained, and it was the “Alternative Media” that captured the true essence of the revolution, causing the ousting of Mubarak.

When Cindy Sheehan was protesting the Iraq war, she launched her movement in front of the White House because it was a Republican president who authorized the war, now that you have a Democrat president who was responsible for authorizing the greatest transfer of wealth from taxpayers to the banking cartel, the demonstrators and media practitioners pretend that he is a saint and should not be blamed.

When the Tea Party raised genuine issues concerning the state of America, the media called them racists, after seeing how effective the Tea Party was in helping the GOP defeat Obama in the mid-terms. All the Christophobes in the media ran hit pieces about how the Tea Party lacked diversity, yet when the American Nazi Party endorsed the Occupy Wall Street protests, the media was silent. When the White Power separatist group endorsed Occupy Wall Street, the media has revealed its treachery by pretending these racist groups do not exist. It is obvious the media is intentionally painting the Occupy Wall Street in a superficially favorable light for their own ulterior motives.

The Daily Mail has been honest and reported that protesters were joining Occupy Wall Street movement to have sex with each other and do drugs. One of the protesters in the Daily Mail article said, “I’ve seen people making out, having sex, it doesn’t look good.”

The most telling thing is not a single one of the protesters is carrying the U.S. flag. Compare that to the Egyptians who were in one accord, and were in the streets for love of their country and countrymen. There was neither atheist, Christian or Muslim. They all joined together and the Egyptian flag was on display as a symbol of solidarity amongst all Egyptians. The events were captured in a documentary by Egyptian filmmaker Neveen Shalaby called The Agenda and I.

Another video below captures the raw passion and determination of Egyptians

Video by Tamer Shaaban

This journalist cautioned media practitioners to wait and see how the movement unfolded, yet because media practitioners are constantly in competition with each other, and always trying to out-do one another, they jumped on the story and ran with it. Accordingly, this whole Occupy Wall Street movement has now lost its legitimacy and effectiveness to create the intended change, because it has been infiltrated and contaminated.


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Mubarak to remain at resort home instead of prison due to health

Former president Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian newspapers are reporting that for the time being, former President Hosni Mubarak will remain at the hospital where he is being detained in Sharm el-Sheikh.

In a statement published on its Facebook page, the public prosecution said that a medical report prepared by a panel of doctors recommended against transferring the former president to Tora Prison hospital.

Al-Masry Al-Youm reports that the team of cardiac doctors sent by the prosecution to re-examine Mubarak said the Tora Prison hospital is not equipped to receive a patient in critical condition.

Mubarak “suffers from repetitive attacks of atrial fibrillation, accompanied by severe drops in blood pressure and momentary reductions in blood flow to the brain, which leads to a momentary loss of consciousness,” the panel said, according to the statement.

The panel said Mubarak suffers from cardiac irregularities that could lead to a sudden heart attack. The irregularities tend to increase when Mubarak is subjected to psychological pressure, it said. Mubarak also experiences depression and muscle weakness and cannot get out of bed without help, the panel said. X-rays have shown that he suffers from constriction in the carotid arteries.

The prosecution said it has sent the panel’s report to the criminal court for review before making a decision. It also submitted another copy to the interior minister to decide on whether to complete preparations at Tora Prison hospital.


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Super Friday Egyptians step up “Day of Wrath” in an attempt to oust Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO Egypt — Protestors in Egypt have escalated the “Day of Wrath” that was largely organized over the Web. Shopkeepers have been warned to keep their shops closed due to the uncertainty of what might occur during the demonstrations. Their goal is to oust the Egyptian president after 30 years in power.

Rioters go head-to-head with riot police

The Egyptian government, under Hosni Mubarak has also stepped up its military presence and members of the Muslim Brotherhood have reportedly been detained. Mubarak’s son Gamal Mubarak is also is reported to have fled to London, England with his family.

After returning from the Austrian city of Vienna, where he lives, Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog and Nobel peace laureate, has announced that he will join the demonstrators on Friday. He has also offered to lead a transition of government, should power change hands.

This BBC shows police being overpowered by demonstrators

Concerned about their human rights, poverty and oppression, Egyptians used Facebook as a tool to unite themselves and already have over 91,000 who have pledged on their Facebook page to attend the demonstrations. The page has since been taken down but you may view images and video on another site.

Barack Obama, urged both the government and protesters to show restraint as they expressed their “pent-up frustrations”.

“It is very important that people have mechanisms in order to express legitimate grievances,” he said as he answered questions from an online audience on the YouTube website. Obama also urged Mubarak to make changes to the political system to appease the angry protesters.

“I’ve always said to him that making sure that they are moving forward on reform — political reform, economic reform – is absolutely critical for the long-term well-being of Egypt.”



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Barack Obama oversees Mideast peace talks

Mideast peace talks

Newscast Media – US President Barack Obama has urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders not to let the chance of a permanent peace deal “slip away”.

“This moment of opportunity may not soon come again,” he said, pledging the US would support the new negotiations.

Mr Obama spoke the day before a new round of direct talks between Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was due to begin.Earlier, he condemned the “senseless slaughter” of four Israeli settlers. They were shot dead by gunmen in the West Bank on Tuesday.

Mr Obama spoke at the White House on Wednesday evening after meetings with Mr Netanyahu, Mr Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

His remarks came on the eve of the first direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in 20 months, which he said were “intended to resolve all final status issues”.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday called Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas “my partner in peace” and said he was seeking a peace to end the Middle East conflict “once and for all.”

Barack Obama opened a new round of Mideast peacemaking Wednesday, bringing Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the White House for talks aimed at forging agreement within one year on a two-state solution.

“Our goal is to forge a secure and durable peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We do not seek a brief interlude between two wars. We do not seek a temporary respite between outbursts of terror,” Netanyahu said.

But a row over settlements threatened to derail the fragile talks, as a top Palestinian official said that any resumption of Israeli settlement construction would spell the end of the peace talks.

“The settlements must be halted and continuing them will signal the end of the peace process,” said Palestinian spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina.

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Makes TV Speech To Squash Health Rumors

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media –After rumors circulated that President Hosni Mubarak, 82, might be having health problems, the Egyptian president gave a televised speech in which he stood for 10 minutes, as a way of reassuring his nation and world leaders that he was in good health.

Speaking in reference to the 58th anniversary of the “July Revolution” Mubarak said, “We celebrate today the anniversary of the revolution, remembering in admiration and respect those who led it.” Mubarak also said, “While I look forward to parliamentary elections that push forward our democratic experience, I call on all political parties to come up with ideas and visions to deal with these priorities – on which there is no disagreement.”

In regard to the economy he said, “Brother and sisters, economic growth and social justice are the goals we must aspire to today and tomorrow. We have made significant achievements on that front and we will achieve more.” The president appeared healthy but thinner than usual.

In March this year, Mubarak flew to Germany to have gallblader surgery at Heidelberg University Hospital. During his three week absence, Mubarak temporarily handed the political reigns to his prime minister, Ahmed Nazif.

If Mubarak chooses not to run for a sixth six-year term in 2011, it is speculated that his son Gamal, 46, will likely succeed him. Both Mubarak and his son deny the rumors and speculation.

The annual speech commemorates the Egyptian military coup of 1952 led by General Neguib, Colonel Abdel Nasser and Colonel Anwar Sadat that ended the reign of the former King Farouk and his son Fu’ad II.

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