Less than 16 months after he was forced from power, Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, was sentenced to life in prison. It is a dramatic turn of events for a man who once controlled his country with an iron fist. Al Jazeera‘s Charles Stratford reports on Mubarak’s career, and his eventual downfall (2 June 2012).
After a trial that lasted 10 months, Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, and his former interior minister have been found guilty for their roles in the first week of the revolution, where hundreds died at the hands of police. Mubarak was convicted for conspiring with security forces to kill anti-government protesters and sentenced to life in prison, but was acquitted on corruption charges. His former Interior Minister was also convicted for conspiring to kill protesters, and given a life sentence. Following his sentence, Mubarak has been flown from the court to his new home at Torah prison, on the outskirts of the capital, Cairo. Al Jazeera‘s Rawya Rageh reports fromCairo,Egypt (2 June 2012).
Across Egypt, reaction to the verdict in the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak has been mixed. Even those who welcomed it were shocked to see Mubarak’s former security chiefs walk free. Many also feel cheated by the acquittal of his sons on corruption charges – although they are still awaiting trial for insider trading. Al Jazeera‘s Sherine Tadros reports from Cairo (2 June 2012).
President Mubarak is gone now, and will this departure now also mean the waning of America’s influence in the country??? As I indicated at the time, the Egyptian Revolution itself seems to have been orchestrated by the U.S. State Department. Mubarak had become too old and corrupt. The old man on Egypt’s throne had in fact become a liability. The Egyptian Army, which had been pulling the strings behind the scenes for decades, decided to replace Mubarak . . . and now that the first round of presidential elections has taken, the winner of the second round better be prepared to cooperate with the Army . . . As Time magazine’s Lauren Bohn reports from Cairo, however, “critics have argued that the investigation had been flawed and highly politicized. It occurred under the military rule of a council of generals who took power at Mubarak’s ouster. What’s more, instead of a sweeping examination of the systemic abuses under his rule, the prosecutors rushed the case to trial last April in an apparent attempt to placate street protesters”. The prominent Egyptian activist Dalia Ziada matter-of-factly declares that “The same people who have killed and tortured Egyptians are now free to go back to their jobs . . . They’re manipulating us with an illusion that we are winning, but in fact they’re undermining all our efforts. Our 18-day revolution has been killed in 15 months”.
 “Op-Ed on Egypt: Revolution or Orchestrated Regime Change?” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (02 February 2011). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/op-ed-on-egypt-revolution-or-orchestrated-regime-change/; C. Erimtan, “Behind the scenes of Egypt’s revolution” Hürriyet Daily News (27 February 2011). http://tiny.cc/fz7tf.
 Lauren E. Bohn, “Mubarak’s Life Sentence: A Game of Smoke and Mirrors in Egypt” Time (02 June 2012). http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2116325,00.html?iid=tsmodule.
 Lauren E. Bohn, “Mubarak’s Life Sentence”.