Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, two months ago, forced out of office by rioters, says he is willing to cooperate with any investigation to prove he did not own property abroad or posses foreign bank accounts. He recalls for me the misunderstood King Lear.
Mubarak said in a recent speech:
â€œI was hurt very much, and I am still hurting â€” my family and I â€” from the unjust campaigns against us and false allegations that aim to smear my reputation, my integrity, my (political) stances and my military historyâ€¦”
Former President Mubarak, who with his family has been under house arrest at a presidential palace in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since his ouster insists he only possessed a single account in an Egyptian bank and held property only in Egypt. He said he would agree in writing to allow the prosecutor-general to contact other countries to investigate whether he or his wife, Suzanne, owned any accounts or property abroad.
â€œI agree to authorize the prosecutor-general in writing to allow him to contact, through the Foreign Ministry, all countries in the world to prove to them that I and my wife agree to show any accounts or properties I have possessed starting from my military and political career until now to prove to the people that their former president only owns domestically according to previous financial disclosure.â€
Meanwhile, in Egypt:
“Egyptâ€™s security forces shot and killed at least two protesters and wounded dozens before dawn Saturday in an attempt to disperse peaceful demonstrators spending the night in the capitalâ€™s iconic Tahrir Square, officials and witnesses said. The crackdown was the most brutal since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11 and since the military started running the country.”
Mona el-Naggar reported in the New York Times:
“And in a page that could have been taken from Mr. Mubarakâ€™s manual, the military also asserted that the protesters had been infiltrated by ‘thugs’ and ‘outlaws.'”
She reported, however:
“The Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptâ€™s best organized political force, which had endorsed the protest on Friday, issued a statement on Saturday under the heading, ‘The Army and the People Are One Hand,’ a popular chant among protesters when they were calling on the military to take their side during the revolution.”