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Mubarak denies all charges in "trial of the century"

Translated response from the Arabic-speaking web to the beginning of deposed former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's trial in Cairo.

"No sympathy for the tyrants" was the message for the caged Hosni Mubarak on the day of his trial from one of the Arabic media's leading commentators. "No pity for those who've treated their people like animals" writes Abdel Beri Atwan, editor in chief of pan-Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

 مبارك ولحظة الحساب بمثول الرئيس المصري 'المخلوع' حسني مبارك في قفص الاتهام امام القضاء للرد على اتهامات بالقتل والفساد، ونهب المال العام، تقف مصر والامة العربية بأسرها امام سابقة تاريخية، قد تكون الاهم منذ عقود، بل ربما منذ قرون، فقد جرت العادة، وما زالت، ان يقتل الحكام العرب، وينهبون ويتجبرون دون اي حساب او مساءلة.

Many people in Egypt, however, were focusing on the positives. They consider the trail as the day the #Jan25 revolution bears the hard-fought fruit of its labour. Amr Hamzawy summed up the mood in his op-ed for independent daily El-Shorouk: "This is a great day for the Egyptian revolution, a day of victory for the will of the people and the rule of law. This is a great day for Egyptians and Arabs, who, for the first time, see a former ruler brought before a judge to answer charges of murdering his people, at a time when rulers elsewhere commit the same crimes without having learned the lessons of Mubarak and his aides".

 محاكمة مبارك - عمرو حمزاوي - مقالات وأعمدة - جريدة الشروق 3 اغسطس 2011 09:26:52 ص بتوقيت القاهرة تبدأ اليوم جلسات محاكمة الرئيس السابق ونجليه ووزير داخليته وغيرهم من رموز نظام استبداد وفساد الثلاثين عاما الماضية. وبغض النظر عن سير الجلسات وما ستسفر عنه، نحن اليوم على موعد مع انتصار عظيم للإرادة الشعبية ولسيادة القانون يستحق التدبر.منذ اليوم الأول بعد إزاحة مبارك، والمصريون يطالبون بمحاكمته هو وكل من تورط فى قتل شهداء الثورة.

 With the trial screened on national television, online and also on public screens outside the courthouse, Egypt's eyes were firmly fixed on the Police Academy hall where the trial was taking place. YouTube user Moham 25, commented that the images of a frail Mubarak lying caged in his hospital bed did make her feel some sympathy: "I swear to God I feel very bad for him, but he has to have a fair trail because of the money he stole and sent overseas. This money belongs to the poor people of Egypt. Everyone has to take their share and each has to have a fair trial and be punished." 

Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with talk of the trial, with users sharing their opinions on proceedings and discussing the issues at hand. On the "We are all Khaled Said" Facebook page that was a crucial outlet for people to learn about the regime's crimes, admins posted what they hoped the trial would achieve: What do the people of Tahrir Square want? Those people want what we all see as needed. Public and transparent trials, punishing those who who committed crimes against this country, give opportunity to the honest to lead this country after decades of theft and looting. We all want genuine change and not fake reform. Egypt first!

 كلنا خالد سعيد كلنا خالد سعيد | Facebook

Wael Ghonim, the former Google executive who shot to prominence after being abducted by Mubarak's security forces during the January revolution, explained why he thought the trial was important: All we want is a just investigation so that our children's generation can be raised knowing that the rule of the Pharaohs has ended once and for all with the end of the reign of Hosni Mubarak #MubarakTrial

“ كل ما نريده هو تحقيق العدالة لكي يتربى جيل أبنائنا على الإيمان بأن الحكم الفرعوني انتهى للأبد بنهاية حكم حسني مبارك #MubarakTrial


 August 3, 2011

Others expressed their belief that no matter how long a dictatorship lasts, there will be a day when it ends. Salwa1514, quoting the Qura'an in response to one blogger asking whether people supported the trial or not: "The rule of injustice lasts for one hour and the rule of justice lasts till the Day of Judgment. God gives time but will not forget."  

Supporters of Mubarak, on the other hand, have very little to support reasons for the disagreement with the trail. medo-drk responded:"Yes to civil trials and no to the political ones. This trial is intended to calm public opinion and not to achieve justice. According to what logic did the court decide to remove the name of the president from all institutions. Is that really fair?"

 مدونة ragol_samea | هل تؤيد محاكمة الرئيس السابق حسنى مبارك ام لا - موالي باختصار شديد و بدون مقدمات هل تؤيد محاكمة الرئيس السابق حسنى مبارك ام لا ,, شارك بتعليق وقل رأيك بمنتهى الصراحة ,, ووضح مبررات هذا الرأى اذا امكن

Journalist Ehab Zelaky summed up what he, and many, considered the achievements of the day on Twitter:  "Today's victories: Mubarak making an appearance in the cage... No public sympathy for him... The reassuring performance of the judge, which left people on the street optimistic."

“ انتصارات اليوم: ظهور مبارك داخل القفص..لم يحدث أى تعاطف شعبى.. أداء القاضى مطمئن والناس ف الشارع متفائلة بيه #Egypt #Mubarak


 August 3, 2011