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Hosni Mubarak is in jail – but little has changed for Egypt | Magdi Abdelhadi, guardian.co.uk

As long as powerful players remain in their positions the birth pangs of the revolution are set to be painful and protracted

by Magdi Abdelhadi

For the first time in Egypt’s history the pharaoh is behind bars. But the joy was not unalloyed. Some of his most powerful henchmen, the backbone of his police state, were acquitted of killing the protesters and are now free. That’s why Tahrir Square in Cairo and other cities have erupted in anger.

What also infuriated the public was that Mubarak was found guilty not of what he did, but rather of what he did not do. That’s how seemingly preposterous (but apparently technically correct) the verdict is. The former president was proven guilty of something like “serious dereliction of duty”: he failed to stop the killing of protesters.

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CAIRO: Egypt’s top prosecutor is appealing the verdicts delivered against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his sons and top security officials of his government – verdicts that have intensified the polarisation gripping Egypt two weeks before the run-off to decide the nation’s first competitive presidential race.

For more on this story, visit: State prosecutor appeals Mubarak verdict as Egypt’s divide intensifies.

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