Mubarak: Egyptians Should Stand Behind Sisi

Egypt’s ousted president supports the current president, says he "understands the sanctity of the national territory".

Ben Ariel ,

Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak

Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak said on Sunday that there are "fateful decisions" that need to be taken by current president Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, and that Egyptians should stand behind him.

Mubarak, who was ousted in February of 2011 following an 18-day uprising, spoke on the phone with the Sada El-Balad private television channel and was quoted by the Al-Ahram newspaper.

Mubarak reiterated that the army, headed by President Sisi, clearly "understands the sanctity of the national territory".

Following his ouster, Mubarak was detained pending trial in a number of cases and spent the majority of his detainment in Cairo's Maadi military Hospital, where he remains.

He is currently being retried for embezzlement of public funds originally allocated for developing communications centers in presidential palaces. The money was spent on the his private residences instead, according to prosecutors.

In November 2014, charges against Mubarak of complicity in the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising were dropped. He was also cleared of other corruption charges.

Mubarak’s comments in support of Sisi are not the first time that he has backed the current president.

Last year, after Sisi announced his candidacy for president, Mubarak allegedly told a reporter that Egyptians should "vote for Sisi" and that there was no option "other than him."

However, Mubarak’s lawyer later denied that his client had indeed backed Sisi.