Like everyone else and their brother I heard about the ruling in the Suzan Tamim murder trial last Thursday. Personally I am confused. I am not happy about it, not because I am a ST supporter or the other way around. I just don’t understand why someone with money, power and connections would stoop that low. Did he really want her dead? Is he the devil like some people in the media would like us to believe? Is this all just some sort of incredible Hollywood production orchestrated for our viewing and for teaching someone else a lesson? It just smells wrong. Like a huge conspiracy theory, and with the ban on publication and without knowing the whole story we will never really know the truth.
There are three things that are bothering me about this case. The first being why and how could such a man resort to murder. The second thing is how people can easily condemn anyone without searching for the truth. Finally, is our judicial system fair for everyone? All these ideas are not just related to the case itself but to basic human nature and specifically an Egyptian culture which is changing and evolving perhaps not to a better but a stronger creature. “The marriage between money and power” like the media likes to call it is the reason behind all of the corruption in Egypt. I have to disagree. There have been many powerful and rich men and women in history but not all of them were corrupt. Not all kings were unjust and not all rulers were dictators. Corruption can not breed and grow unless everyone turns a blind eye.
What makes me wonder the most is why would someone like HTM would commit such a crime and why someone like Mamdouh El Sokkary who was an officer who had sworn to protect the people resort to murder, that is, if they really did it. Did they believe they were immune to justice or did they think they would never get caught. Did they think that they were above everyone else? If they didn’t do it, then who did and why? If he did do it, why did he really want her dead?
Second, everyone decided right away that he was either 100% guilty or 100% innocent depending on their ideologies and political leanings in life. How can anyone make such a decision without seeing and hearing all of the evidence. Just because someone is rich or powerful does not mean they are also evil. On the other hand just because they don’t look like a criminal does not make them innocent.
Finally, what has happened to the judicial system in Egypt. Suddenly it is condemning powerful people? I don’t think powerful people should be above the law, I just find it fishy that some people can get away with murder and others can not. It also makes me wonder if there is some sort of unfair play behind the curtains or under the table. Mamdouh Ismail for example was completely declared innocent of the death of over a thousand people, no fine, no jail time, no nothing. I just hope that this ruling is fair and just and not just some sort of payback for something we do not know or understand.
What happens now is the question? Will they really be executed? Will we learn that there are always consequences to our actions? Will the law be applied to everyone? So many questions and no answers.
On a very different note, I saw a police car today while I was driving and I realized that I can’t remember what Egyptian police cars look like, I could only recall what “ElBox” looks like. Does anyone have the same feeling?