“There is no pressure from the Gulf states or Arab countries to avoid the trial of former president and we don’t accept any pressure,” said the Egyptian premier.
Sharaf, who has earned a reputation for his opposition to corruption and concern for workers’ rights, said: “No one is above the law in Egypt.” He said Egypt and the Gulf states share common views on a range of important regional and international issues.
Before his departure to Kuwait, the premier visited the Riyadh-based King Saud University, where he worked as a professor during the 1990s, before returning to Cairo to join active politics, said Nabeel Baker, spokesman of the Egyptian Embassy.
Baker, however, made no comment when asked about the trial of Mubarak and remarks made by the Egyptian premier. The Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces also denied reports of any pressure from the Gulf states, including the Kingdom and the UAE. Most former Egyptian leaders are in prison.
Sharaf, has reiterated that legal steps were under way to probe the veracity of charges of corruption and excess leveled against outgoing Egyptian officials.
In Riyadh, Sharaf also held talks with Prince Alwaleed, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), whose cumulative investments in Egypt exceed $2 billion.
A KHC statement said that the prince offered three-quarters of agricultural land (75,000 acres) he acquired as a gift for the Egyptian people. A memorandum of understanding on the offer was also signed.
An embassy official said elections in Egypt were discussed by community members during the meeting with the premier. He said Egypt would hold parliamentary elections in September and presidential elections two months after. The premier said Egyptian community members would be eligible to cast their votes. Participation in the polls will only be allowed by producing a national ID. According to the new law, all Egyptians abroad can participate in the elections.
Sharaf will also visit Qatar, where he is likely to hold consultations on a range of bilateral and regional issues. It is not yet clear whether the two sides will share their opinion about the Arab League and their candidates for the post of Arab League Secretary-General. Qatar has announced Abdulrahaman Al-Attiyah, former secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as its candidate to replace current Secretary-General Amr Moussa.
Egypt, on the other hand, has nominated a former member of ousted President Mubarak’s ruling party, Mostafa El-Fekki, for the post.
Meanwhile, one of Egypt’s most feared government ministers on Tuesday pleaded innocent to charges of ordering the killing of unarmed protesters during the Jan. 25 uprising, according to The Associated Press.
Former Interior Minister Habib El-Adly could face a death sentence if convicted.
His trial, along with six of his top aides, opened at a courthouse in a Cairo suburb amid tight security. Some 1,000 relatives and friends of the nearly 850 Egyptians killed in the protests demonstrated outside the courthouse demanding El-Adly and his aides be hanged for their alleged crimes. Relatives of the defendants and dozens of defense lawyers packed the courtroom.
El-Adly was one of the most powerful men under Mubarak, controlling the estimated half million security forces. The trial was adjourned until May 21.

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