Ousted Egyptian Leader Hosni Mubarak Pleads Not Guilty
For the first time as the former leader of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak spoke publically on Wednesday. Confined to a hospital bed and flanked by his co-defendant sons, the man who presided over the Mother of the World for nearly thirty years pleaded not guilty to all charges. His answer surprised no one, but his condition did raise more than a few eyebrows. Rumors accusing Hosni Mubarak of everything from feigning illness to being in a coma have run rampant across the Egyptian populace for the last few weeks. His hospital bed will likely serve as ammunition for both sides.
There are some who still believe Mubarak shouldn't be on trial to begin with. While stopping short of defending his actions, the ex-President's supporters choose to remember the war hero who, along with his son, modernized Egypt and relaxed economic policy enough to afford many in the commerce industry a wealthy life previously thought impossible. Still, very little of that burgeoning industry benefitted the lower classes. According to The Globe And Mail, nearly half of Egypt's citizens lived below the poverty line under Mubarak's watch. That helpless discontent spurred them to stand up and protest. In an attempt to crush their rebellion, the State violently squashed many of the assemblies, leading to countless deaths and a need for Hosni Mubarak to answer for the strong-arming he ordered, frail as the eighty-three year old might seem now.
In all likelihood, this entire trial could have been prevented. Had Mubarak seen the writing on the wall and transferred power gracefully, he would probably be seen as a leader who overstayed his welcome. Now he's an enemy of the State he once led.