The Democratic Current for Civil Forces announced that it will file a number of lawsuits to the public prosecution office against former president Hosni Mubarak.
The current, which is a coalition including six secular political parties, emphasised in a Saturday statement the importance of trying Mubarak due to “his responsibility for many crimes under his rule”. Out of the six parties in the coalition, five are expected to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections in March.
The group also has initiated a campaign dubbed “Try Them”, aiming to provide the judiciary with a “full report of the violations and crimes of the Mubarak regime, which affected the country’s security”. The group demanded that all revolutionary groups provide any evidence that might assist the prosecution of members of the Mubarak regime.
On 29 November, 2014, the Cairo Criminal Court dismissed charges against Mubarak, his sons, Al-Adly, and four of his aides, sparking anger among political parties and activists.
On 13 January, a Cairo court accepted the appeal presented by Mubarak and his sons’ defence team in the presidential palaces embezzlement case, and ordered a retrial, amid speculations of a possible full acquittal.
Mubarak was first detained on 12 April, 2011, facing investigations into corruption and abuse of power. He remained in prison until he was released on 19 August, 2013.
He was imprisoned pending investigations in the embezzlement case from 7 April, 2013 until 19 August, 2013 and again from 21 May, 2014 until now.
The Democratic Current has been critical of a number of the current government’s domestic policies, including the controversial Protest Law and the mass arrests of students. However, the group supports the government in the current counterinsurgency operations in Sinai.