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Egypt’s Ex-President Mubarak Getting Ready for Rare Appearance

Egypt’s Ex-President Mubarak Getting Ready for Rare Appearance

Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 - 05:30
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak seen at a court in Cairo in December 2018. (Reuters)
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Preparing the ground for a rare appearance by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his eldest son, Alaa, said on Monday that his father “would soon speak about some events that took place in the October 1973 war.”

Since he was toppled during the January 25, 2011 revolution, Mubarak has made very few public appearances and media statements. Among them was an interview with Kuwait’s al-Watan newspaper during which he spoke about his memories of the Gulf war.

In a Twitter post Monday, Alaa said his father, who ruled Egypt for almost 30 years, would speak for the first time since he was ousted from power. On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, he will open up about his memories of the conflict, in which he participated as an Air Force Commander.

Mubarak, 91, and his two sons were sentenced by an Egyptian court for embezzling millions of dollars of state funds over the course of a decade.

The ruling deprives the former president from being decorated with medals or from having a state military funeral.

Alaa said the interview will air on Tuesday at 8:30pm Cairo time, providing a YouTube link where it can be accessed.

The 1973 Arab–Israeli War, also known as the Yom Kippur War, was a conflict fought from October 6 to 25, 1973, by a coalition of Arab states, led by Egypt and Syria, against Israel.

Egyptian television anchor Ahmad Sayyed had announced in March that he would release an interview with Mubarak on the “Masr Hayat” channel. However, he later apologized from broadcasting it, citing “technical conditions beyond his control."

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