''Revolutions aren't led by polite people'': Portrait of the Egyptian Lawyer Gamal Eid

Analysis, posted 06.02.2012, from Egypt, in:
''Revolutions aren't led by polite people'': Portrait of the Egyptian Lawyer Gamal Eid (Photo: Reuters)

Gamal Eid does not restrain himself in his condemnation of Egypt's Military Council. "The Military Council is even more brutal than Mubarak," is his personal assessment of the transitional government run by the generals. He sees the policies of the Military Council under the leadership of General Hussein Tantawi as an attempt to prolong the system as it was under Mubarak and to ensure privileges for the army by any means available, despite the transformation going on in Egypt.

The lawyer and head of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), an initiative founded in 2004, is the most severe critic of the military, which currently pulls all the strings in Egyptian politics.

Only after the decisive conclusion to the presidential elections is the council prepared to hand over power to civilian authorities on 30 June. Whether they will actually do this and whether the transfer of power will occur trouble-free is currently the most gripping topic of conversation on the Nile.

The main reason for Eid's assessment of the situation is the sharp growth in the number of criminal proceeding in military courts. During the 30-year rule of Mubarak, some 1,200 cases were heard by military courts, while since the overthrow of the dictator on 11 February 2011 until January 2012, around 14,000 cases were assigned to military courts. The greatest share of these cases, however, were tried during the first months after the overthrow of the dictator and their number has decreased somewhat in recent months.


By Claudia Mende; Translated by John Bergeron

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