Mubarak gets a retrial

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2, 2012. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - A retrial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will begin on Saturday.

He faces charges of conspiring to kill more than 1,000 protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring that ended his 29-year rule, as well as charges of corruption.

A retrial was ordered in January after a court accepted his appeal against the life sentence he had been serving since his conviction last June.

A lot of Egyptians are incensed about this, but the families of the victims are saying that Mubarak needs to be held accountable for what had happened.

A Facebook page created in the year of the revolt, titled "I Am Not Sorry Mubarak", has 19 647 likes and contains posts such as, "Theft. Corruption. Injustice. Exploitation. Poverty. Sow religious conflict between the people. So, I Am Not Sorry Mubarak".

The fact is that Egypt is consumed under such tension at the moment that it just seems to have an overfull plate of problems.



Suspension of 12 senior officers from the DRC army

The Democratic Republic of Congo army has suspended 12 senior officers over mass rapes in the strife-torn east of the country.

The G8 Summit in London, attended by foreign ministers from leading countries such as the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, and Russia, put out a statement that they were committing 25 million Euros to highlight this problem.

Rape as a weapon of war is going to be declared a war crime and, certainly, the G8 Summit in London will call for that.

This was as a result of United Nations (UN) pressure following the occupation of Goma in the DRC.

Armed men went through the north-eastern town and carried out approximately 125 rapes.

Thereafter, the UN called for immediate action, threatening withdrawal of support and cooperation with the involved units if none was taken.

Of course, these units implicated in these horrific acts are reliant on the UN, thus a course of action has been adhered to.

The DRC is one of the worst places for rape being used as a weapon of war, a crime that appears to be a peculiarly African problem.