Mubarak verdict expected Saturday

June 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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CAIRO, June 1 (UPI) -- A lawyer for those killed during the Egyptian revolution said most citizens are preoccupied with elections to fret over a pending verdict for Hosni Mubarak.

A verdict on murder and corruption charges for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected Saturday. He and members of his former Cabinet are accused of ordering security forces to fire on unarmed protesters during the height of the revolution in January 2011.

Family members of victims of the violence surrounding the political upheaval told Egyptian news service al-Ahram that the political dominance of former regime officials meant a guilty verdict was unlikely.

Egyptians head to a second round of presidential voting this month to choose between Ahmed Shafiq , the last prime minister to serve in the Mubarak administration, and Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood candidate.

Political activists told the news service they believed Mubarak would get a moderate prison sentence so that ruling military authorities could "appear politically correct."

Amir Salem, a lawyer representing the victims in the Mubarak case, told the news service that he expected Mubarak would be found guilty of corruption and not murder.

"I'm worried that everyone is busy with the elections and isn't talking about Mubarak's trial anymore," he added.

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