Politics & Policy

Mubarak: International Criminal?

An Egyptian human-rights group is considering bringing charges against Mubarak in the International Criminal Court: 

 

Egypt’s Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary said today it may ask theInternational Criminal Court to look into attacks yesterday on demonstrators protesting against President Hosni Mubarak.

“There were attacks on peaceful demonstrators committed by Egyptian regime-backed groups using armed weapons, batons and Molotov cocktails in Tahrir Square,” Nasser Amin, the president of the rights group, said by telephone in Cairo.

“This means there is a possibility of considering those acts crimes against humanity under international law as they involved intentional killings and excessive harm. We are currently documenting these incidents and asking the International Criminal Court to consider them and may at some point submit an official request to the court.”

Opponents of Mubarak faced down a drive by supporters of the 30-year-old regime to force them out of central Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the site of almost daily protests since Jan. 25. Six people were killed and more than 800 others wounded in the clashes, the government said.

These acts were “committed by police in plainclothes and supporters of the government” in a “systematic way,” the center said in a faxed statement today. “We are calling on the United Nations secretary-general and international non- government organizations to intervene to stop the Egyptian regime from committing crimes against humanity.”

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