On April 10, 2011, Hosni Mubarak gave his last speech (on one privately funded channel) while under house arrest claiming that he’d been deeply hurt and extremely disappointed by the unfair allegations and accusations which have surfaced in newspapers which not only smeared his reputation, but that of his family.
He said that he and his family were willing to submit any declarations and undergo any form of investigation to prove to Egyptians that The Mubaraks have never profited from his position as 30-year Egyptian president TYRANNT. He said he already contacted international banks and foreign governments and did his very best to prove to the prosecuting attorney and to us (his fellow Egyptians, all of a sudden) that The Mubaraks don’t own financial assets in the form of billions of dollars in US treasury bonds or other types like houses, villas and land, either in Egypt or abroad. In the end, he said he’ll retain his full constitutional rights as an Egyptian citizen during his trial.
On a quick side note, Mubarak didn’t show any sign of regret or utter a single word of condolences to the Egyptian families who still suffer after losing a family member, neighbor or friend. Nor did he apologize to the rest of us who suffered under the unjust, corrupt system he and his clan supported, or what he had done during his tyrannical rule.
As expected, Mubarak’s words were welcomed with cynicism, disbelief and anger. The situation escalated very quickly with demonstrations demanding immediate trial for The Mubaraks. In a quick reaction from the Military aimed at calming the demonstrators, Mubarak’s two sons Alaa & Gamal were arrested and Mubarak himself was transferred to a military hospital due to his sudden, unstable health condition.
The real question in my mind since Mubarak’s resignation, however, is…WHAT WILL HIS TRIAL LOOK LIKE? This is a new experience, for a country to try its own tyrant, raising many questions about how such a trial should look. Will it be held on a fair legal basis were he’ll maintain his full constitutional rights, as he requested. This will be extremely difficult as the investigation spans 30 years. It may take years before we reach a fair verdict of his guilt, which we are sure of to begin with. Some propose that we should save time and effort, following the same subjective and arbitrary methods his own system of injustice applied during his rule.
Frankly speaking, I don’t really believe in our Egyptian justice system, even though I tried very hard to find some sort of reason to disregard my belief, I failed miserably. I believe that a system that existed while all these crimes against humanity were committed, not to mention the massive amounts of corruption which saw the poor severely punished while the rich were let free or put in five-star prison accommodations, is not a trustworthy justice system. Most of all, I don’t believe that a fair justice system will ever take action unless the people demonstrate and demand it, and at the end of the day SLOW JUSTICE IS INJUSTICE.