An Egyptian court just cleared dictator general Hosni Mubarak of criminal charges for ordering the killing of protesters in the 2011 Egyptian uprising against his rule. It’s a replay, almost to the detail. of the 2013 trial of Guatemala dictator general Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide against Mayans.
Extensive legal stalls, malingering & claims of mental or physical incapacity, more stalling, more malingering until both are nearly 100 years old. Mubarak, who has been living in his posh estate to await the appeals court, got carried into court on a stretcher. He’ll be back on the golf course next week.
The problem in both cases is the military is still in charge & the judicial systems peopled with their appointees & minions or judges smart enough not to mess with the generals who run the country.
It’s a grotesque miscarriage of justice in both Egypt & Guatemala & they’re not the only cases of such travesties. Just in recent history, Pinochet comes to mind.
But the Egyptian revolution isn’t over. If the junta thought it was, the repression would not be so extreme.