The Trial of the Century " Pharaoh behind the bars"
In a story almost as unbelievable as "Greek Myths," former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak went on trial on August 2, 2011 for murder and corruption. He was brought to the temporary court from a hospital on a stretcher and put inside a cage. Just over six months after the start of an uprising that has eventually overthrown his regime, ending 30 years of autocratic rule and sending shockwaves across the region, the 83-year-old president was put behind bars.
The trials of Mubarak, his ex-Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, and six more senior ministry officials took place with great fanfare on August 2. They were being charged with a variety of offenses, including ordering the police to shoot at the unarmed demonstrators on January 28 and 29. Mubarak, his two sons, and his fat cat business partner Hussein Salem (who is being trialed in absentia) face charges of striking an illegal business deal involving the sale of natural gas to Israel, and the receipt of villas in exchange for the sale of state land.
Mr. Mubarak appeared in the court on a hospital bed, alongside his two sons. For hundreds of Egyptians who hold Mubarak responsible for the deaths of their relatives during the 18-day uprising that forced the longtime president to step down, the spectacle was both cathartic and spellbinding. Many Egyptians believe that the image of Mubarak in the suspects' cage will be forever imprinted in the mind of the new president.
Al Jazeera reported it is the first time that the Arab people are having their leader on trial. It was startling enough when he was driven from power, with the support of the Egyptian army. It is alleged that during the 18-day revolution more than 800 people were killed and 6,000 were wounded.
As usual, the Egyptian people have their own way of dealing with any important event. As for centuries, Egyptians have turned to humor, often dressed up in dark sarcasm, as a tonic for a battered soul. But even that seemingly genetic predisposition to mock what ails them started to wear thin after nearly three decades of stagnation under Hosni Mubarak.
As ABC News is reporting, three different ringtones comprising the few words the deposed leader spoke at the beginning of his trial on Wednesday are now available for download. The first is the judge calling on Mubarak by his full name -- Muhammad Hosni alsayyid Mubarak -- followed by the 83-year-old ex-president's responding, "I am here, your honor." Not only have the ringtones exploded in popularity, but many Egyptians took to Facebook to post photos of Mubarak inside the cage on their walls,” Haaretz.com reports. Moreover, many facebook pages have come up mocking at the hilarious conversation that took place between the judge and Farid EL deeb – Mubarak 's main Lawer", one of these facebook pages is " edy el Microphone lel ganbak"!! J. Other fb pages were mocking at the lawyer who wanted to have a DNA test on Mubarak cause the lawyer assured that Mubarak has passed away 7 years ago in 2004!!
The stream of jokes did not last so long, as Mubarak trial is no more televised. The judge decided to stop live TV coverage of the trial. The reason given was that he had had enough of the theatrics of lawyers, who were showing of f in front of the cameras. The first session after this decision was on Sep 5, the session was fiery, as the many lawyers kept insulting each other. According to Gamal Eid, a human rights lawyer and activist, who tweeted from inside the courtroom all the details of the untelevised trial.
As the trial went on, the majority of the Egyptian people started having some doubts on the reliability of the whole thing. As many people believed that it was a mere play to gain the People's sympathy for the ousted president. The doubts got higher, with the changes that happened in the witnesses’ testimonies. The picture was getting darker till the eighth witness showed up. Police Colonel Essam Shawky, revealed in front of court that there were orders from El-Adly -the former minister of interior- to cut the Internet and mobile phone lines, according to the information he heard from police General Hussein Abdel Hamid. His testimony brought enthusiasm and hope back to the hearts of the Egyptian People, and of course a facebook page came up supporting the new hero "we are all colonel Essam Shawky."
The big day came when Field Marshal Tantawy went to testify. Tantawy said that he has decided to testify in front of the civilian court to “stress the importance of the sovereignty of law." And there were rumors that Tantawy’s testimony came in the favor of Mubarak and that leak created a huge controversy online. The Egyptian TV announced that the testimony was against Mubarak. Then hours later a military source denied to the media all what was spread all day long about the case and the testimony.