Mubarak Re-Emerges, Looks Healthier
He makes first appearance in a year in court case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
Medics and army personnel escort Hosni Mubarakinto court in Cairo on Saturday.   (AP Photo/ Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – Things seems to be looking up for ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He made his first public appearance in about a year today and looked noticeably healthier, maybe even a little cocky, according to several media accounts. Mubarak showed up for the start of his retrial on charges that he ordered the killing of protesters near the end of his rein, but legal proceedings crashed to a halt after only a few minutes when the judge recused himself and referred the case to another court. Observers seem split on whether the delay is good or bad news for Mubarak, but descriptions of the former president were universally positive:

  • Guardian: "He appeared in much better health than in his last (appearance). He arrived in court wearing sunglasses, smiled and waved at onlookers, and seemed relaxed—perhaps hopeful that Saturday's proceedings would secure his release."
  • New York Times: "He waved to the courtroom several times with the signature turn of the wrist he used as an all-powerful autocrat addressing his people. Though his lips were pursed, he turned up the corners of his mouth several times in an unmistakable smile. No longer stone-faced and sullen, he chatted with his sons, or sat with his fingers pressed together in front of his chin as though he were listening in concentration from behind a desk in his office."
  • Reuters: "Propped up on a gurney in a cage with the other defendants, he looked fitter and more relaxed than on previous appearances in the dock, holding animated conversations with his son Gamal, and occasionally smiling and waving to people in the courtroom. "
  • Associated Press: "In earlier court appearances, Mubarak's two sons would often stand to shield their father from the cameras, but at the start of the new trial Mubarak appeared to be grinning at times as he waved to his supporters. His wave seemed to suggest a nod to increasing nostalgia among some Egyptians for his rule, when tourism and other vital economic pillars fared better."

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TomthemanIam
Apr 14, 2013 9:15 AM CDT
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Joe_American
Apr 13, 2013 9:53 PM CDT
Egypt stands out as different in the Middle East's Muslim world. This could not happen in post February 11, 1979 Iran. The Ayotllah Khomeini wanted the return of the Shah of Iran in order for the Shah to be shot by firing squad. Even after the fall of monarchy in Egypt, the only thing that happened to the Egptian King was exile. It must be added that with the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt the world thought that Shia Iran would become allies with Sunni Egypt. The opposite is true. Egypt, more than any country in the Middle East wants regime change in Syria. Syria's Assad is Iran's only friend in the world. It is high time that the U.S. see what friend they have in the Egyptian government. Hopefully, Mubarak will be exiled with the opportunity to return to Egypt and political life in Egypt. Everyone knows the life line of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is limited at most.
toryd
Apr 13, 2013 6:38 PM CDT
Come on, newser. "Near the end of his rein"? Or "reign"? Or were the protesters at the end of his strap?