Mubarak to be freed soon?

posted at 8:01 am on August 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

With a military crackdown in full flower this week and a new effort to disband the Muslim Brotherhood being mooted, the only thing missing from this crisis in Egypt is Hosni Mubarak.  That won’t be for long, though, his lawyer claims, as the judiciary is about to free the former dictator after being cleared in a corruption case:

Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail soon after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer and a judicial source said on Monday.

Mubarak, 85, was arrested after he was ousted. In scenes that mesmerized Arabs, the former leader appeared in a court-room cage during his trial on charges that ranged from corruption to complicity in the murder of protesters.

More than a year on, the only legal grounds for Mubarak’s continued detention rest on another corruption case which his lawyer, Fareed el-Deeb, said would be settled swiftly.

“All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week,” Deeb told Reuters.

This will test both the patience of Egyptians and the diplomatic skills of the West.  The US and the West had a relatively close relationship with Mubarak for decades, thanks to his agreement to abide by the Camp David peace accords and our willingness to pay the military for that policy.  However, the Egyptian people have had enough of Mubarak; even now, with Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood being widely reviled, there isn’t any groundswell of nostalgia for Mubarak’s dictatorship.

There is no telling what the impact of a free Mubarak will have on the situation, but as long as the military is holding Morsi and the other Muslim Brotherhood leaders while Mubarak walks free, it’s certain that the Brotherhood’s reaction isn’t going to be joyful.  Even those sympathetic to the military coup may have little patience with this turn of affairs, especially if Mubarak attempts to re-enter public life, assuming he’s not still incapacitated.  This is the wildest of wild cards in the roller-coaster Egyptian version of the Arab Spring.

Meanwhile, the police in Egypt have begun their own public-relations campaign after having endured scores of deaths and hundreds of injuries to their own ranks:

Islamists killed twenty-five more police today in a Sinai ambush:

Islamic militants on Monday ambushed two mini-buses carrying off-duty policemen in the northern region of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing 25 of them execution-style in a brazen daylight attack that deepens the turmoil roiling the country and underscores the volatility of the strategic region.

The killings, which took place near the border town of Rafah, came a day after 36 detainees were killed in clashes with security forces. In all, nearly 1,000 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi since last Wednesday.

The military leadership is also pushing back on the PR front:

In an attempt to counter the perception of undue force by state security personnel, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry accused the foreign media on Sunday of telling only half of the story, and handed out photos showing what it purported to be armed men among the pro-Morsi protesters. It was a clear attempt, reported CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata, to label the Muslim Brotherhood and other Morsi backers as terrorists.

On Wednesday, the military raided two protest camps of Morsi’s supporters in Cairo, killing hundreds of people and triggering the current wave of violence.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country’s military chief, said Sunday that the crackdown, followed by a state of emergency and a nighttime curfew imposed in Cairo and several other flashpoint provinces, is needed to protect the country from “civil war.” El-Sissi has vowed the military would stand firm in the face of the rising violence but also called for the inclusion of Islamists in the post-Morsi political process.

We’ll see whether this helps, but the Islamists are making it pretty easy for everyone else to conduct PR campaigns. Don’t be too surprised if even Mubarak gets a positive revisionist uplift in this chaos.


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Mubarak should put up billboards with his picture and a caption that says “Miss me yet?”

myiq2xu on August 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

He was a dictator, but hardly a monster. In that region it made him a model of governance.

rob verdi on August 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

UnStink’nFk’nBelievable that Sinister Forces,put Egypt,
and,especially MuBarak through this Livin H*ll!!

I do wonder,what Hosni will say,bout Hopey toss’n him under
da bus,for the MuslimJihadyBrotherHoodIslamicGoons!!!!!

Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi supporters

Report: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expected to be freed this week, after prosecutor clears him, his lawyer says – @Reuters

1 hour ago by editor
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canopfor on August 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Smart power

cmsinaz on August 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM

So Mubarak is going to walk? That’s just like an Egyptian.

Flange on August 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

I’d make Mubarak and Morsi cellmates.

Then, when one kills the other, I’d try and execute the killer.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Mubarak to be freed soon?

Yeah, that’ll calm things down.

Funny thing is, for all his “super smart” swagger and the way he touts that Cairo speech and the Arab Spring, Captain Kickass has been pretty quiet about all those deaths and all that rioting. Just a bland statement about human rights by a guy clearly pissed off that he had to move his tee time.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

*sips coffee*

BigGator5 on August 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Even those sympathetic to the military coup may have little patience with this turn of affairs, especially if Mubarak attempts to re-enter public life, assuming he’s not still incapacitated.

This is where I’m curious. Last I was aware, he was quite ill. Though other reports were that was exaggerated, perhaps as reason to keep him in a hospital rather than prison or execution (or to allow him to “die from illness,” rather than execution).

As for my opinions on the man, agreed with rob verdi up in the second post of the thread.

Gingotts on August 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Mubarak should put up billboards with his picture and a caption that says “Miss me yet?”

myiq2xu on August 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

…LOL!

KOOLAID2 on August 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Islamists Get Their Nazi Salute On (Photo Essay)

In addition to pics, I go into the the MoFoBros’ history with the Nazis and explain how much of the leadership/organisations in the ME are just second- and third-generation Nazis.

It’s not ‘Islamophobic.’

IT’S. THE. TRUTH.

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I predict riots, overturned buses, churches being stormed, tear gas, stone throwing, rubber bullets, metal bullets, guys wearing oversized flip-flops screaming while holding a Koran, armored police vehicles careening through crowds, corpses being mosh-pitted through a crowd, and at least one completely burned out KFC restaurant.

Or in other words, a day in the mideast that ends with “Y”.

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Mubarak should put up billboards with his picture and a caption that says “Miss me yet?”

myiq2xu on August 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/08/mubarak-asks-miss-me-yet.html

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

So Mubarak is going to walk? That’s just like an Egyptian.

[Flange on August 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM]

He’d never do it on the way out. It’s likely he has no knowledge of the reference. But it certainly would be funny if he did it.

Look for it in the future Taiwanese video.

Dusty on August 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM

It’s not ‘Islamophobic.’

IT’S. THE. TRUTH.

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Oh come on RWM! That’s just a bunch of moderate Muslims doing the Tomahawk Chop or something.

Captain Kickass gave a speech in Cairo. There is no problem there. At least as far as I can tell from the silence coming out of the White House.

Seriously, the death toll is over 900 and the Obama administration is still refusing to deal with the reality of the situation. Less than five minutes last week to give a bland statement about human rights but 27 hours on three different golf courses. Priorities.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I predict riots, overturned buses, churches being stormed, tear gas, stone throwing, rubber bullets, metal bullets, guys wearing oversized flip-flops screaming while holding a Koran, armored police vehicles careening through crowds, corpses being mosh-pitted through a crowd, and at least one completely burned out KFC restaurant.

Or in other words, a day in the mideast that ends with “Y”.

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Or Detroit after a sports team championship victory/defeat.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Wake me when something new and fresh happens in any ME country.

docflash on August 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Or Detroit after a sports team championship victory/defeat.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Or Chicago every minute.

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Don’t be too surprised if even Mubarak gets a positive revisionist uplift in this chaos.

Hey, there are people in the former Yugoslavia that have fond memories of the country under Tito and wouldn’t mind seeing a return to the old days.

The thing about dictatorships is this. As long as everybody knows the “rules” there is stability. But when the rules change….chaos ensues.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

He is out.

You people realize how MISERABLE this is making a number of liberals and “anti-colonial”, “anti-US” Muslims.

A look back illustrates how the left felt about this guy.

I kinda liked him but I also used to like the RNC Chairman.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/01/29/18670578.php

IlikedAUH2O on August 19, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Obama, McCain, and Graham are all calling for ‘quick elections.’ How’d that work out for Egyptians and us the last time? The MoFoBros are the only political organisation that is, well, organised. ‘Quick elections’ may very well return the MoFoBros to power.

The Three Idiots are under the impression that elections = democracy. They don’t. Hitler was elected. ‘Nuff said.

In order for there to be a democracy, there must be political freedom, freedom of speech, religious freedom, and a free press, among other inalienable rights. The MoFoBros didn’t allow the Coptic Christians to participate in the ‘democracy.’ Then, Pharaoh Morsi suspended the constitution and took dictatorial powers for himself.

The sooner that Obama, McCain, ad Graham are GONE, the better the world and the US will be.

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

This is where I’m curious. Last I was aware, he was quite ill.

Gingotts on August 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

He’s been near death for well over a year.

/like Hyman Roth in Godfather II

Paul-Cincy on August 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Or Detroit after a sports team championship victory/defeat.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

How can you tell the difference between that and any other day in Detriot?

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Hope Mubarak comes out and discusses the betrayal of Obama and how Obama is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist caliphate goal to take over every country in the Middle East.

albill on August 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The sooner that Obama, McCain, ad Graham are GONE, the better the world and the US will be.

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Yes. I am at the point I am praying for that.

albill on August 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

No, he will NOT. You never know, he IRS may have jurisdiction over him somehow.

IlikedAUH2O on August 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Mubarak should put up billboards with his picture and a caption that says “Miss me yet?”

myiq2xu on August 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

That would be funny.

Bmore on August 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Christians are at present the most persecuted religious group world-wide

Both Roman Catholic and Evangelical Protestant media have for years been drawing public attention to the persecution of Christians in many countries. Secular media have been less attentive; some have ascribed this to an anti-Christian bias; I rather doubt this—more likely it comes from the fact that many otherwise well-informed journalists are less informed on religious matters. Outside the denominational media, two individuals have done more than anyone else to cover this phenomenon: Paul Marshall (of the Hudson Institute) and Brian Grim (of the Pew Research Center). All the data I have seen indicate that Christians are at present the most persecuted religious group world-wide. Grim recently testified about this before the European Parliament: He stated that Christians are directly harassed by governments in 102 countries and by “social actors” (read lynch mobs) in 101 countries. There has also been decent coverage by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, the independent agency set up with government funding, in addition to the bureau within the State Department that reports on religious freedom worldwide every year.

In its 2013 report the Commission has a list of 8 countries (which include China) designated “countries of particular concern” (CPCs, who are reported as such to the President and the Congress, for possible US government actions). The 2013 list includes 3 Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. There is an additional list of countries heading toward CPC status, including 4 Muslim-majority or heavily Muslim countries: Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria (its northen part), and Pakistan. It is fair to conclude that Christians have most to be afraid of from actions by Muslims, be it by courts, government policies, or by mobs of enraged Muslims encouraged by police inaction.

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM

How can you tell the difference between that and any other day in Detriot?

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

That’s what I said last year when Drudge had a screaming headline that Detroit was preparing for blackouts (or should that be ‘white-outs’? h/t John Wiley Price).

Would the last cow grazing downtown please turn off the lights?

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I see you are up and at em first thing. ; ) Beat to the punch again. Lolz! ; )

Bmore on August 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

The Egyptians have announced a diplomatic offensive of their own, with Russia. Given how well our cooperation with Russia has worked in Syria, that ought to make even the comatose Obama foreign policy team a little nervous. For everyone else, its reminiscent of Cold War politics in the region (when Egypt played the Russians against America for years). If ever anyone wondered what the future of Middle East politics is, look backwards and add in better weapons. Great job so far, Obama.

MTF on August 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I see you are up and at em first thing. ; ) Beat to the punch again. Lolz! ; )

Bmore on August 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Lolz. I wish. I haven’t been to bed and I have to accompany a friend to the hospital in a little while for same-day surgery. Fun!

You’re going to have to take my place today (unless they allow computers in the hospital – most don’t). :-)

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

B-B-B-But…. Obama said Hosni had to go! Egypt better call Obama and ask permission to release Hosni, otherwise we’re gonna get another speech.

/

Key West Reader on August 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Islamists Get Their Nazi Salute On (Photo Essay)

In addition to pics, I go into the the MoFoBros’ history with the Nazis and explain how much of the leadership/organisations in the ME are just second- and third-generation Nazis.

It’s not ‘Islamophobic.’

IT’S. THE. TRUTH.

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Great article but you’re missing this ‘money’ shot.

EnglishRogue on August 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Great article but you’re missing this ‘money’ shot.

EnglishRogue on August 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Thanks and thx for the reminder of the ‘money’ shot. I hadn’t intended on going into the history when I wrote the article yesterday, but eventually did. I actually have that and other photos in Islamic Naziism, but it is definitely needed in the new piece.

Thanks again.

Resist We Much on August 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I hate to see unnecessary bloodshed, but aren’t they having a civil war? Maybe they need to–we did.

PattyJ on August 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

PattyJ on August 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Good point.

I saw the GOP Chair’s photo and couldn’t write a word.

He is an embarrassment and dead to me.

IlikedAUH2O on August 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

The move is arguably an “in your face,” “I dare you to do anything about it” challenge to both the Muslim Brotherhood and to Obama. It is worth noting that Mubarak once correctly predicted, “And these groups [like the Muslim Brotherhood]—don’t ever believe that they want democracy or anything like that. They are exploiting democracy in order to eliminate democracy. And if they ever do govern, it will be an ugly dictatorship.” “Then the international news agencies go to these groups [the Muslim Brotherhood] for information, and they tell them, ‘they’re killing us, they’re killing us!’ Well, don’t you [news agencies] see them killing the police?!”

Colony14 on August 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM