Mohamed ElBaradei speaking bullhorn 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Leading Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei on Friday said
that he did not believe that newly resigned Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak should be tried for crimes he committed against the Egyptian
people during his 30 year dictatorship.
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"We don't need to worry about retribution at this stage. Mubarak needs
to go with dignity. Let's focus on the future. We need a country at
peace with itself," ElBaradei said in an interview with CNN.
ElBaradei did, however, say that he believed Mubarak and other Egyptian officials should be forced to give money back that was taken from the Egyptian people.
"This is money that is owed to the Egyptian people. We don't need a
trial, but that money is one of our priorities. We need the money for
development," ElBaradei stated.
The opposition leader said that
he hoped the Obama administration would say "loud and clear" that the US
supports the Egyptian people and would never support an authoritarian
regime in the country again. He added that the Egyptian people needed
their confidence in the US government and its commitment to democracy
ElBaradei said that he felt "a sense of liberation" for
himself and all Egyptians when Omar Suleiman made the announcement that
Mubarak was stepping down.
He said that he hoped the army, who
were handed the reins of the country by Mubarak, will realize that the
people are in control. ElBaradei said that the Egyptian people would
have to be "vigilant" to guarantee fair and free elections.
need to go back to law and order," said ElBaradei. "We need to go back
from a country that was going down the drain to a country that is
looking to the future."
ElBaradei said that he believed the country would need a year-long period to prepare the infrastructure for free elections.