Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hosni Mubarak and Sons Guilty of Embezzlement

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Egypt's ex-president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement in what may be a test case for more serious charges that he still faces. 

His two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, who were political targets of the revolution almost as much as the president himself, were jailed for four years each. 

Mubarak, who was forced to resign at the end of the Tahrir Square protests in February 2011, was accused of using millions of dollars of public money to refurbish his private residences. 

The Cairo courts are still hearing a much more serious case against Mubarak, who along with his interior minister, Habib al-Adly, is accused of responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of protesters shot dead by the police in the revolution. 

Note: In June 2012, Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for involvement in the deaths of hundreds of people during the 18-day protests, but the verdict has been challenged. 

Further to my blog post about the two pandas (the link is at dated May 22, 2014, Natural Resources and Environment Minister G Palanivel has slammed those who criticized the RM60 million cost – this is the minister’s figure! – borne by the Government in the panda deal. He was quoted to have said that “the panda deal is the result of 40 years of strong bilateral relationship between Malaysia and China” (The Star, May, 24, 2014, p 03). He is implying that it is the price the country has to pay for Malaysia-China friendship!

Isn’t this an insult to China? May I remind him that it was Prime Minister Najib Razak who asked for the panda bears in the first place!

On Friday, I was back at GAB for an evening of drinks with members of the Puchong English Toastmasters Club. Thank you to HC Heng, the president-elect for 2014-2015 for the invitation. Who doesn't love free beers?

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