Amr Waked: Mubarak's release is a deal between the Brotherhood and the old regime, will spark a new revolution

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  • 04:34 PM - 22 August 2013
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The decision to release the former president Hosni Mubarak triggered a lot of controversial reactions. Many expressed their happiness with the decision and some has seen it as a return to square one. interviewed Egyptian star Amr Wakedabout how he sees the decision, especially having been one of the pioneers in supporting the January 25th revolution...

How do you see the juridical decision to release the former president Hosni Mubarak?

I see it as proof of the corruption of the Brotherhood's regime because Mubarak was cleared in most of the cases during the reign of the Brotherhood. For me, Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood are on the same side and the revolution against Mubarak is the same revolution against Mohamed Morsi, the unseated president.

Some sees General Abd El Fatah El Sisi as the man behind the decision... what do you think?

I disagree. Morsi is the one who sponsored the safe exit for most of the leaders of the fallen regime. I'm not a lawyer but after some quick research I was sure that most of the cases that Mubarak was cleared in could have been challenged in a window of sixty days from the court’s decision, which was not done. This and other juridical mistakes were made during Morsi's era and not Sisi's.

And what's the benefit for Morsi in releasing the leaders of the fallen regime?

I think there was a deal between Mubarak's regime and the Muslim Brotherhood, facilitated by Field Marshal Tantawi, head of the SCAF by the time of Mubarak's ouster. This theory is supported by some articles which were imposed in the new constitution by that time that facilitates the Brotherhood’s seizure of the presidency in exchange for the release of Mubarak and other National Democratic Party leaders.

Now that Mubarak has been released, do you think the same can happen with Morsi in two years?

The revolution against Mubarak was not supported by the state's institutions which conspired on the people and hid the evidences that proved charges against him. The same will not be repeated with Morsi because those institutions were against him and supported his removal from power.

After people's suffering during the Brotherhood's era, do you see that there is a popular consent behind Mubarak's release?

At all, on the contrary: I see his release as a spark for a new revolution. No one will let this pass easily, it's just about choosing the right time for it, because revolting against Mubarak now will come under the accusation of defending the Brotherhood, which I'm totally against.

Do you see the revolution getting off track?

Not at all, the Egyptian revolution is still the strongest in the region. The Egyptian people are capable of doing anything. Those people have removed two presidents in two years and whoever thinks that they're done with that does not actually know the Egyptian people. In my opinion no one can stop the ongoing revolutionary flood.

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