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    • David S
    • 02.06.12 | 20:47 (IDT)

    Many have felt that the sentencing of Mubarak too lenient. Can't argue with the desire of some of the Egyptian public for his death, but in a Democracy, the rule of Law trumps that desire. If the overwhelming demand was to kill Mubarak, then the trial should have been held after a new Governemnt had formed, with that government, and presumably the Courts, passing and sustaining a Law permitting the Death Penalty for crimes against the State. Instead, it proceeded the formation of that Government. The Egyptians Parliament can still pass a new Law, but be careful what one wishes for. Death penalty Laws seldom contract. They usually expand and can be used by a new Government against its citizens. I suspect that if the Islamists, have their way, Laws will take that form, and ultimately will be a very poor fit for a democratic society.

    from the article: Mubarak's sentence saved his life, but stripped the Egyptians of justice
    First published 15:42 02.06.12 | Last updated 15:42 02.06.12
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