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May 14, 2015 16:39
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Hosni Mubarak trial

Supporters of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak wave to him before the verdict is read on May 9, in the retrial of a corruption case.. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMR ABDALLAH DALSH)

 
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Israeli media expresses support for Mubarak
Al-Watan, Egypt, May 9
When ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison just several weeks ago, the Israeli media covered the events in rather great detail; reminding the audience that several of Morsi’s close affiliates are still facing impending death sentences. This week, however, when news came of president Hosni Mubarak being sentenced to three years in prison for corruption, the Israeli newspapers were quick to announce that Mubarak will be set free.

Both the leading papers and evening television newscasts proclaimed that since Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, have already been incarcerated since the 2011 revolution, their time in prison will be counted retroactively, allowing their release. This reveals an interesting sentiment in Israel in favor of Mubarak, who was considered one of the closest Arab leaders to the Israeli regime.

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