Pressure on Egypt not to put Mubarak on trial
Kuwaiti press reports claimed on Wednesday that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt is under intense pressure from some Arab rulers, led by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, not to put former President Hosni Mubarak to trial in relation to corruption cases. A Kuwaiti newspaper said that these pressures have involved also threats of boycott and divestment and the deportation of Egyptian workers from the Gulf region, in case of a trial.
Egyptian judicial sources confirmed to the newspaper there are difficulties to put Mubarak, his two sons and his wife to trial due to the intense pressure and threats, directed from the Gulf countries. The sources claimed that the leaders of Saudi Arabia, UAE , Jordan and the Sultanate of Oman are the most active in this regard. These countries have sent several envoys to the President of the Supreme Council Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to convey him their message regarding Mubarak.
The main argument for these leaders is that Mubarak helpful during the Gulf War in 1991 and helped to stabilize the region for many years. Tantawi was told that a trial will be an insult to Mubarak and thus a "disgraceful and shameful" act to all Arab rulers. It is reported that King Abdul Aziz announced his readiness to host Mubarak and his family in Saudi Arabia and grant them Saudi citizenship.