Mubaraks Arrested

Al-Ahram is reporting in Arabic that Gamal and Ala Mubarak, the sons of deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak, have been arrested and will be moved from Sharm El Sheikh to the maximum security Tura prison in the Muqattam hills above Cairo. They are said to have sat stunned and silent for some time on receiving the news. They will be held for 15 days while the office of Egypt’s chief Prosecutor interrogates them about their possible role in ordering secret police to attack nonviolent protesters during the rallies that began January 25. Nearly 900 persons are now thought to have been killed in the various attempts at crackdown by the Amniyyat al-Dawlah or security police.

The Mubaraks had put many of their critics in Tura prison and had them abused or tortured, including Saad Eddin Ibrahim, the sociology professor and democracy activist.

Hosni Mubarak himself is in hospital at Sharm El Sheikh after he had heart palpitations during the prosecutor’s questioning session. He was well enough Wednesday to answer further questions. It is said he will be moved to a military hospital in Hada’iq al-Qubba in Cairo and also held for 15 days for questioning about the massacres.

The Mubaraks are also accused of corruption, and of making their cronies into billionaires by trading on insider information on government economic policy, as well as amassing billions of dollars themselves through corrupt techniques such as demanding kickbacks from companies doing business in Egypt. Gamal Mubarak had been heading up the ruling party, the National Democratic Party, a major vehicle for Mubarak patronage, which has not been dissolved.

Some 100,000 Egyptians rallied at Tahrir Square on Friday, demanding that the Mubaraks be put on trial. The army cleared remaining protesters, killing 2 on Saturday.

Aljazeera has video

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  1. Kudos from San Diego!!!!

    I hope you treat him humanely, so you don’t become what you hate.
    I hope you have a just and proper trial so he gets his just punishment for the world to see.

    When you are done trying your war criminals, can you please come after ours?
    Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Tenet, Yoo, etc., etc.,etc.

    Obama and Pelosi have protected them, and our courts have been infiltrated by Karl Rove and the rest of the lawless neocons, so they are totally useless. The rich and powerful are never held accountable. The helpless and defenseless are considered guilty before they are even tried. See link to bradleymanning.org

  2. Any explanations for why the Egyptian army is so repressive? Stuff like shooting people for demonstrating or locking them up for “insulting the military” make me wonder. It’s easy to say they’re just a bunch of idiots, but I’d like to know some of the underlying reasons/motivations.

  3. Professor Cole, I don’t get it. I do understand why Hosni Mubarak would want to die in his country. I think he knows what’s coming. But I’m perplexed why his sons, extended family would have stayed after Mubarak’s fall? It would have made “sense” for everybody to leave(hiding away money which I’m sure they have hidden well).

    Second, to place the blame on the corruption of Mubarak’s family and extended circle of cronies misses the larger point. What about the complicity of the military leadership vis-a-vis corruption, dealings with the Mubarak’s associates US military aid, contractors, lucrative dealings with Israeli gas concerns…ect…ect…

    I bet the military elite wishes they just left, taking their secrets with them. Now they, the military, are in a bind. One reason for the Mubarak’s son’s to stay is their belief that their knowledge of the Egyptian’s elite complicity in graft was a weapon. This may have been a mistake.

  4. It’s a classic move by the counter-revolution. The new regime (same as the old regime) throws “ousted elites” overboard when revolutionaries begin to realize their uprising has been hijacked and re-engage in protest. Of course, the new regime hopes that it will serve as a distraction, preserving the status quo and squelching the demand for real structural change.

    And the ousted, too habituated to being above the law and hence arrogant to the end, are always “stunned and silent.”

    It sounds like the Egyptian labor movement will not be fooled from the limited reports available – limited because labor and class concerns have been largely written out of this story in the Western media.

  5. I wish they were not doing this. Other dictators will take the arrests as reason to cling to power and fight instead of relinquishing it peacefully.

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