March 24, 2012
March 24, 2012
Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak defended himself in a new part of his memoirs, published by Egypt’s newspaper Roz al-Youssef on Thursday.
Mubarak said that he had received reports from the state security that recommended getting rid of three political figures: Amr Mousa, the former Arab League chief and who is now running as candidate for Egypt’s presidency; Field Marshal Abdul Halim Abu Ghazala,the former defense minister and Omar Sulieman, the former intelligence chief who later became the vice president for a short time during the period of the country’s revolution early 2011.
“If I was a dictator, I would have ordered the killing of Amr Mousa,” he wrote in his memoirs, adding that Adly had warned him of Moussa’s popularity and his opposition to Tel Aviv.
“No official has raised his voice in my palace for the past 30 years except for Amr Moussa, and this has compelled Suzan Mubarak to urge me to get rid of him.”
The 83-year-old president said his wife requested if Moussa could retire early but he resisted. Mubarak added that Moussa had untraceable relations with the slain Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi.
Dismissing claims that he worked as per American and Israeli interests, he wrote “if I listened to the United States and Israel, you would have seen American and Israeli armored vehicles being used against protesters instead,” in reference to Egypt’s January 25 Revolution.
In his memoirs, Mubarak described all those that he worked with as “corrupt.” The only figure he amicably described was his former political advisor Osama al-Baz. Baz, who later left politics after his advises fell on a deaf ear, was described as a “rational” man by Mubarak but “he [Baz] lost his wisdom when he left politics.”
Mubarak, who expressed his passion about his work in his memoirs, voiced his irritation over Egyptians’ wide-array of opinions. He said if he had to listen to each opinion, he would have suffered a psychological ailment and that the best method was to distance himself from everybody.
He added that he had to follow his own opinion so the ship won’t have more than one leader.
Recalling Sadat’s assassination incident
Mubarak was sitting beside Egypt’s president at the time, Anwar al-Sadat, watching a military parade and was a direct witness of Sadat’s assassination by fundamentalist army officers on October 6, 1981.
Mubarak said that Sadat’s body was the shield that protected him.
Al-Nabawi Ismail, Egypt’s former interior minister, had suspicions that there was a conspiracy to assassinate Sadat 24 hours before the military parade, Mubarak added.
Mubarak said he was not willing to attend the parade but was scared to tell Sadat so.
He went on writing that the face of Khalid al-Islambolly, the assassin of Sadat has always haunted him, adding that Sadat gave him a derided look when he lied down on the ground as the assassination was taking place.
Egypt’s most beloved actress
Nicknamed as the “Cinderella of the Arab screen,” the sudden death of the Egyptian actress Suad Hosni in London in 2001, created suspicion over whether she committed suicide by jumping from her apartment’s balcony or she was murdered and for what purpose, political or not?
Mubarak expressed his sadness about Hosni’s death, describing her as an Egyptian citizen as she used to work as well for Egypt’s intelligence. He said the reason of her killing was not political but it was regular homicide story.
Mubarak initially suspected the minister of information at the time, Safwat al-Sharif, who later became Egypt’s Shura Council chairman.
He said Hosni wanted to publish her memoirs on the “odd” relations of high-ranking officials and wanted to seek vengeance against those who exploited her when she was young. Sharif worked and helped the actress to produce pornographic movies.
Mubarak said that he had suspicions over Sharif’s links to Hosni’s murder, but after probing the issue, he discovered that Sharif had nothing to do with her murder. He said that he later found out that her friend, whom Hosni used to stay at her apartment, had affairs with strange men, some of which had criminal records. He added that Hosni’s friend played a role in hiding all evidence that could indict anyone and show that Hosni was murdered.
All of Hosni’s pornographic movies were burned and no copies are available as per Mubarak’s orders.
By Al Arabiya