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Kuwaiti Netizens Protest Lawyers' Offer to Defend Mubarak

Posted: 09/07/11 06:00 PM ET

Using the hashtag, #MyQ8, Kuwaiti netizens are protesting against the announcement by a group of Kuwaiti lawyers who plan to join the defense team for Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak whose trial resumes in Cairo on Monday.

As Asooma87, a Kuwaiti woman writes on Twitter, "I'm Kuwaiti, I'd like to announce that the Kuwaiti lawyers who went to defend [Mubarak], don't represent me."

The team of three Kuwaiti lawyers arrived in Cairo on Sunday claiming that they would defend Mubarak to thank him for his role of supporting the Us-led expulsion of Iraqi forces from Kuwait during the first Gulf War.

This tweet from @Bijou includes a photograph that was featured in the Egyptian daily, Al -Fajr that shows a check worth 120 million US dollars that was written on August 25, 1990 from Sheikh Zayed, the former ruler of Abu Dhabi, to then-president Hosni Mubarak.

The check is said to have been one of many forms of gratitude from the Gulf States to Egypt's leader for having sent the Egyptian military into Kuwait to help fight against Iraq's invasion of the country, and in doing so drumming up support among Arabs across the region against Iraq's former president Saddam Hussein.

From Kuwait, @3sal_eswed added on Twitter in Arabic:

"The Kuwaiti people prove for the millionth time that the Arab people are filled with goodness but their governments are filthy."

Egyptian bloggers and online activists also joined the conversation using the hashtag #Myq8.

@Zeinobia, a prominent Egyptian blogger, tweeted:

"We know that the majority of the Kuwaitis are with us and are not with Mubarak, the dictator."

Some even took this as an opportunity to condemn the actions of what they call "Arab Kings and Tyrants"

On Twitter, @Feras_Khourshid writes in Arabic:

"The Egyptian revolution is alive -- Egypt's freedom is continuing and if all the kings and tyrants came together to defend Mubarak, they would not sully a drop of the Nile's water because the people of Egypt are more pure than them."

Of course, in order to take part in the trial the Kuwaiti lawyers would have to obtain a license from the Egyptian Justice Ministry to join the defense team, but the presiding judge, Ahmed Refa'at, dismissed any of the requests made by the lawyers.

Egypt's Justice Minister also said he would not give a permit for any more Kuwait lawyers, citing that many Egyptians are against Kuwaiti lawyers defending Mubarak.

Many in Egypt view this as a PR stunt by the Kuwaiti lawyers who claim that Mubarak is still the legitimate president of Egypt.

 

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