Egypt’s crisis gets more twisted

Former Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak will be brought to Cairo next week for interrogation over charges of
corruption, according to an anti-corruption activist.

Documents filed in the case reveal
that Mubarak’s family has stashed the equivalent of about $150 million in
secret bank accounts.

The Prosecutor General’s office
confirmed Mubarak would be brought in from Sharm El-Sheikh, the Sinai seaside
resort town where he has resided since he was ousted from power by massive
popular protests, to testify in the corruption case brought against him and
other officials by the former member of Egyptian parliament Mustafa Bakri.

The announcement of Mubarak’s
impending interrogation came hours after Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq
resigned and a former transport minister was picked to appoint a new
government, responding to demands by pro-democracy activists to purge Hosni
Mubarak’s old guard from the cabinet.

Military rulers said they had
accepted the resignation of Shafiq and appointed Essam Sharaf in this place.

Shafiq was appointed by Mubarak,
82, in his final days in office before he stepped down on 11 February 11 after
an 18-day popular uprising against his rule which shook the Middle East.

The Muslim Brotherhood and other
political groupings had been calling for Shafiq and his government, where the
key defence, justice, foreign and interior ministers were all appointed during
the Mubarak era, to quit.

They had urged a
clean break from the 30 years of Mubarak rule and wanted a cabinet of
technocrats appointed in the interim period before elections that would choose
a new parliament and president, expected later this year.