Professor: Many Egyptians feel Mubarak is 'irrelevant'

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August 22, 2013, 7:40 am
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(NECN) - As early as Thursday, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could be released from prison and placed under house arrest.
     
Whether that will be served at home or in a military hospital is unclear.
     
The 85-year old has been in prison since 2011 on corruption charges and is also being re-tried on charges of failing to stop mass killings during the uprising in Egypt in 2011.

Our guest grew up in Egypt.
     
Dr. Farouk el-Baz, who is a professor at Boston University, among other titles, joined NECN to discuss the current growing concerns in the Middle East.

Some analysts believe the release of Mubarak could be a symbolic return to the way things were before the uprising in 2011.

El-Baz said that majority of the Egyptians he has spoken with believe Mubarak is irrelevant.

How does el-Baz feel about the US’ actions in regard to Egypt?

“I think that doing something now it not advisable because the situation in Egypt is settled,” said el-Baz.

He said there is no point in cutting the aid, because the aid isn’t sent to Egypt, but spent on supplies in the US which are sent over.

Watch the attached video for more.

Tags: protests, Egypt, Cairo, Hosni Mubarak, house arrest, Dr. Farouk el-Baz
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