Hosni Mubarak to Apologize in Hopes of Avoiding Prosecution

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, currently under arrest in a hospital in Sharm al-Sheikh, will issue a televised apology today in an effort to avoid prosecution. However, while some have framed it as an official olive branch for his abuse of power, he is actually expected to pass the buck, claiming his infractions against his own people were the result of listening to 'bad advice.' Oh. The Telegraph:

Indications that this was part of a plea bargain were strengthened when the justice ministry released Mr Mubarak's wife, Suzanne, from custody, after she handed investigators power of attorney to clear out her bank account of £2 million and take possession of a house in Cairo.

Under Egyptian law, prosecutors can waive charges for financial crimes if the money involved is restored.[...]

Any deal, though, would risk angering the hundreds of thousands of people who protested against his rule, particularly if it was agreed not to proceed on charges that he ordered police to fire on demonstrators.

Mubarak is also expected to offer up his riches in an effort for amnesty. Read more at al-Arabiya.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 17, 2011, 7:50am

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