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Excerpts from judge's statement in Mubarak trial

world Updated: Jun 02, 2012 18:29 IST

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Egyptian Judge Ahmed Rifaat delivered a strongly worded statement Saturday before handing down sentences in Hosni Mubarak's trial. Here are some excerpts from his statements during sentencing:

1. Here was God's will that inspired the people of Egypt, its brave sons and bold ones, surrounded by God's angels, demanding ... their politicians and rulers and those who sat on the throne of opulence, wealth and power to give them bread and pure water to end their hunger and thirst and to live in a house that shelters their families and the sons of the nation, far from rotten slums.

2. They were chanting 'peaceful, peaceful' with their mouths while their stomachs were empty and their strength was failing. Unable to struggle, they screamed 'be merciful' 'God gives you mercy' 'rescue us and pull us from the torture of poverty and humiliation.'

3. The peaceful sons of this nation came out from every deep valley, each struggling against injustice, dismay, oppression and humiliation. They headed toward Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt's capital, demanding only justice, freedom and democracy ... from those who held a tight grip on them and committed grave sins, tyranny and corruption.