Uncategorized US Has No Specific Comment on Mubarak’s Acquittal – State Department

US Has No Specific Comment on Mubarak’s Acquittal – State Department

Egypt's ex-President Mubarak
Egypt’s ex-President Mubarak

Washington has no specific comment on Saturday’s decision by the Egyptian court to acquit the country’s former president Hosni Mubarak of murder charges, US Department of State spokesperson said Monday.

“In general we believe that impartial standards and the justice system should work as planned,” Jen Psaki stated during a press briefing.
However, when asked whether those standards were upheld in Mubarak’s case, Psaki said she did not have «any specific comment.”
“Generally we continue to believe that upholding impartial standards of accountability will advance the political consensus on which Egypt’s long-term stability and economic growth depends,” she noted.
On Saturday, the Cairo Criminal Court dismissed charges against Mubarak, as well as former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Adly and six of his aides, of conspiring to kill hundreds of protesters in 2011, during the Arab Spring revolution against his rule. The court also found that neither Mubarak nor his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were guilty of corruption charges related to exporting gas to Israel.
Some international organizations, including Transparency International, expressed their concerns about the ruling which sparked protests over the weekend.
“We speak frequently, including annual reports, about any concerns we have about whether it’s rule of law, or freedom of speech, freedom of media. We do that on the regular basis. I just don’t have anything more specifically for you on this case,” Psaki asserted when asked if Washington would express any concerns.
The spokesperson added that the United States remains in close touch with the Egyptians.
Mubarak was charged along with seven of his former police commanders of involvement in the killing of 846 protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule. Only 239 of the deaths were considered by the court, the presiding judge said, according to Al Jazeera.
The ex-president was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for the deaths in 2012, but in January 2013 Egypt’s Cassation Court appointed a new hearing, allowing former president’s appeal. Mubarak denied all the accusations against him.
Mubarak, 86, is already serving a separate three-year prison sentence for embezzlement of public funds.

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