Islamic Jihad: Judges are destroying nation

The Egyptian judiciary is “pulling the country into an abyss,” the Islamic Jihad movement warned on Monday following news that the South Cairo Criminal Court had ruled to release former President Hosni Mubarak from his pre-trial detention.

The ousted president is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters in the 25 January revolution. Despite the court’s ruling, however, Mubarak will remain in custody pending investigations over other corruption charges related to the misuse of funds allocated for the renovation of presidential palaces.

The judiciary clearly has double standards, as some defendants have been locked up for more than four years awaiting charges as investigations are pending into the Zeitoun terrorist cell and Taba bombing cases, the Islamic Jihad group accused.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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