‘No return to old Egypt,’ Sisi says after Mubarak verdict

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris, November 26, 2014.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris, November 26, 2014.

After a court dropped murder charges against ousted president Hosni Mubarak, current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday there would be no return to an old Egypt, Agence France-Presse reported.

“The new Egypt, which emerged from the January 25 and June 30 revolutions, is on a path to establish a modern democratic state,” a statement released Sunday night said.

Sisi’s new Egypt, he said, would be “based on justice, freedom, equality and a renunciation of corruption”.

A Cairo court dropped charges against Mubarak on Saturday over the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended three decades of autocratic rule.

“It is on an aspirational path to the future and can never go back to the past,” the current Egyptian president said.

Sisi said he had instructed Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to review the provisions for compensation for the families of “martyrs and those wounded in the revolution”.

After Saturday’s verdict, Sisi said he had also asked the legal reform committee to examine amendments to the code of criminal procedure, as recommended by the court.

Seven of Mubarak’s security commanders, including feared former interior minister Habib al-Adly, were also acquitted over the deaths of some of the roughly 800 people killed during the revolt.

Corruption charges against Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal were also dropped.

During the 2011 uprising, hundreds of thousands of people protested daily, demanding that Mubarak step down. After he resigned they continued to stage demonstrations, insisting that he face trial.

More than 1,000 protesters protesting against Saturday’s verdict at an entrance to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hub of the anti-Mubarak revolt, were dispersed by police firing tear gas.

Dozens of people were also arrested but later freed.

Sisi, who was Mubarak’s intelligence chief, won a landslide victory in a May presidential election after crushing his Islamist and secularist opponents.

As army chief he removed Mubarak’s successor, Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Since Morsi’s ouster, a crackdown on his supporters has left at least 1,400 dead and seen more than 15,000 imprisoned.

Dozens have also been sentenced to death after speedy mass trials.

 
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