TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Panel: Mubarak watched 'Arab Spring' uprising on live TV, could trigger retrial

AP
FILE - In this June 2, 2012 file photo, Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. Ousted President Hosni Mubarak watched the uprising against him unfold through a live TV feed, despite his earlier denial that he knew the extent of the protests and violence, according to a fact-finding mission member said Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, which could lead to the retrial of the 84-old ousted leader already serving a life sentence.(AP Photo/File)

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 9:26 p.m.
 

CAIRO — An Egyptian fact-finding mission has determined that Hosni Mubarak watched the uprising against him unfold in 2011 through a live TV feed at his palace, despite his later denial that he knew the extent of the protests and crackdown against them, a member of the mission said on Wednesday.

The mission's findings increase pressure for a retrial of the 84-year old ousted president, who is serving a life sentence for the deaths of 900 protesters. But its report could hold both political gains and dangers for his successor, Mohamed Morsy. A new prosecution of Mubarak would be popular because many Egyptians were angered that the former dictator was convicted only for failing to stop the killing of protesters, rather than for ordering the crackdown.

The report, however, also implicates the military and security officials in the protesters' deaths. Any move to prosecute them could spark a backlash from powerful generals and others who still hold positions under Morsy's government.

Rights activists said they will watch carefully how aggressively Morsy will pursue the evidence, detailed by the fact-finding mission that he commissioned.

“This report should be part of the democratic transformation of Egypt and restructuring of security agencies,” said Ahmed Ragheb, a member of the commission and a rights lawyer. “At the end of the day, there will be no national reconciliation without revealing the truth and ensuring accountability.”

Morsy, an Islamist from the Muslim Brotherhood, asked the commission to send the report to chief prosecutor Talaat Abdullah to investigate the new evidence, his office said Wednesday.

Morsy recently appointed Abdullah to replace a Mubarak holdover who many considered an obstacle to strongly prosecuting former regime officials. Some judges criticize the appointment as a political move to continue to wield leverage over the prosecutor post.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. French riot police push back migrants at Channel Tunnel
  2. Israeli teen stabbed at pride parade dies
  3. Comets hold life building blocks
  4. Al-Qaida branch in Syria threatens U.S.-backed forces
  5. Zimbabwe suspends hunts amid outcry over lion’s death
  6. Vibrantly colored mural spread across 200 homes in central Mexico city
  7. Al-Qaida group in Syria targeted by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes
  8. Bin Laden relatives among crash casualties
  9. Taliban fracture outcome unclear
  10. French students unearth 560,000-year-old tooth, oldest body part found in country
  11. Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead 2 years