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  1/19/2012, Tevet 24, 5772

Mubarak Lawyer Claims Military Exemption from Charges


The defense attorney for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak claimed, this week in court, that his client is still the commander of the Egyptian air force and should therefore not be tried in a civilian court. Mubarak is accused of knowing about orders to kill anti-government protesters in the riots that took place a year ago and doing nothing.

Attorney Farid Ad-Dib claimed that the late president Anwar Sadat issued a law in 1979 whose purpose was to honor the armed forces commanders who participated in the Yom Kippur War against Israel and to benefit from their rare experience. According to Ad-Dib, Article 2 of the act provides that officers of the air force will serve the army for life.