In a reprehensible case of impunity pressed for by the HQ of the Egyptian army, former dictator Hosni Mubarak left the Tora jail to remain under the terms of “domiciliary arrest”.
On 22 August, a judicial tribunal of El Cairo determined that there were no grounds to continue keeping him who for 30 years had governed with an iron fist in preventive jail in spite of the fact that there are were many cases open against him for embezzling public funds, undue enrichment and, above all, his direct liability for the murder of at least 850 demonstrators who were fighting for his fall in January and February 201.
Mubarak was released within the framework of a counterrevolutionary offensive perpetrated by the Army that is expressed in a series of Buonapartist and repressive measures against the entire population, such as the state of siege and the curfew.
The military men are taking advantage of the popularity they enjoyed in the eyes of the people for having deposed Morsi by means of a coup and mobilisations of the Brotherhood for the return of Morsi (repudiated by the immense majority of the population)to repress not only the reactionary Brotherhood but the entire toiling masses.
It is within this context that the army, with the alibi of containing the Brotherhood, put a fence round the Tahrir Square (so as to prevent any mobilisation) and repressed a workers’ strike in the Steelworks in Suez.
Mubarak’s release from jail is part of this counterrevolutionary plan. The main task of the mass movement in Egypt is to expose all these repressive measures of the new puppet government and fight against it in the streets, in the squares, in the factories, in the neighbourhoods.
Mubarak and all the characters of the dictatorship must be punished!
The decision to free Mubarak from jail was taken by a corrupt judicial system totally controlled by the military power. From the beginning of the revolution, this judicial machinery centred all their efforts on guaranteeing impunity not only of the former dictator but also of all the High Military Command and of the Police.
That is how Mubarak and his ex Home Minister, Habib al-Adly who on 2 June 2012 were actually sentenced to life imprisonment – prosecution wanted death sentence – in January this year, but a new instance tribunal annulled that sentence because “there were errors in the proceedings”.
This meant that the entire trial had to begin again.
The new trial was supposed to start in April but it was delayed several times during these months due to a number of appeals, inhibition of judges and all kinds of juridical manipulations that led to Mubarak release.
So, Mubarak’s release from jail is part from a process of impunity due to which no high official of the government was punished. Mubarak’s two sons were declared not guilty of the charges of corruption. As for the case of murder of demonstrators, apart from Mubarak, only the one who was then Home Minister and other six commanding police officers were tried. No high officers of the army were tried.
It would be wrong to think that Morsi administration challenged this process of impunity against the murderers of people. The contrary is true. The former Islamic president and the top notches of the Brotherhood were part of this clearing.
Due to the pact with the summit of the Armed Forces, Morsi never boosted any kind of measure to punish Mubarak or any other repressor of his long dictatorial administration.
It would be wrong to take a step back in what concerns democratic liberties that people achieved in those two years and a half when two presidents of the military regime were ousted and thousands of people were killed. That is why it is necessary to mobilise and demand:
Jail for Mubarak and all the repressors of his administration!
Confiscation of all the fortunes of Mubarak and the entire military summit!
Immediate end to the state of siege and curfew!
Stop the massacres!