CAIRO: Egypt’s top prosecutor is appealing the verdicts delivered against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his sons and top security officials of his government – verdicts that have intensified the polarisation gripping Egypt two weeks before the run-off to decide the nation’s first competitive presidential race.
Under Egyptian law, the prosecutor must appeal the entire verdict, which also included convictions and life sentences for Mubarak and his former security chief for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that ousted him last year.
Six top police commanders, who faced the same charge of complicity in killing protesters, were acquitted for what the judge said was lack of evidence.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo and other cities for a second night on Sunday to vent their anger at the verdicts, which many considered too weak. The presidential candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Mursi, stood with the protesters and pledged to press new charges against Mubarak if he is elected.
His opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak’s last prime minister, lashed back in a sweeping attack on the brotherhood, charging that the group was out for ”revenge” against the former government, that it used to collaborate with the Mubarak government in secret deals and that it now represented ”chaos”.
Mr Shafiq accused the Muslim Brotherhood of intimidating voters and warned Egyptians that the once