In his first public remarks since stepping down as Egyptian president in Ferburary, Hosni Mubarak on Sunday hit back at critics who have accused him and his family of improper activity.
“I have spent my whole life in serving the nation with honesty and integrity,” he said in a recorded message broadcast exclusively on Al Arabiya. “I cannot remain silent in face of the continual campaigns of defamation and false accusations that aim at ruining the reputation and integrity of my family and me.”
He said he welcomed inquiries into his finances. “I will stick to all my legal rights to have action against everyone who tried to mess with the reputation of me and my family whether inside or outside the country.”
Dear Egyptians, brothers and sisters:
I have felt great pain – and still – due to the unfair campaigns and unjust accusations to which my family and I have been exposed , aiming mainly to endanger my reputation, question my honesty and mess with my military and political history during which I exerted big efforts for Egypt and its people … in war and peace.
I preferred to give up my post as a president .... placing the interest of the nation and its people over any other interest and I chose to keep away from the political life ... wishing all best and progress for Egypt and its people within the period ahead.
However, as I have spent my whole life in serving the nation with honesty and integrity ... I cannot remain silent in face of the continual campaigns of defamation and false accusations that aim at ruining the reputation and integrity of my family and me. I have waited along the past weeks for the Egyptian public prosecutor to reach the truth from all the countries worldwide that would prove that I don't have any property or financial assets abroad.
And because I know that the truth should prevail and in order to put an end to all the defamation attempts, I have decided the following:
According to my final financial statement in which I stated that
1) I do not own any accounts or assets outside Egypt. I agree to sign in any form that would enable the Egyptian public prosecutor to ask the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to contact all the foreign ministries worldwide to inform them of my approval, and my wife's, to reveal any account that we have abroad since I started my military and political public work until now. This is for the Egyptian people to know that their former president has accounts only in one Egyptian bank, according to what I have mentioned in my final financial statement.
2) I agree to offer any authorizations that would enable the Egyptian public prosecutor – through the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's contacts with foreign ministries worldwide – to take all the necessary legal procedures to reveal whether my wife, either of my sons, Alaa or Gamal, and I own any properties or assets directly or indirectly, whether they were commercial or personal, since I started working in the military and political public works and until now, so that everyone would make sure that all the allegations handled by the local and foreign mass media about me and my family's ownership of huge properties abroad were fake.
Accordingly, the applied procedures will reveal that the sources of assets and properties of my sons Alaa and Gamal are far from suspicions of illegal profiteering and power exploitation.
Accordingly and after the concerned authorities confirm what I am saying, I will stick to all my legal rights to have action against everyone who tried to mess with the reputation of me and my family whether inside or outside the country.…
Brothers and sisters:
Egypt will always remain our main goal and wish … We pray for God to save Egypt and its people and show them the right path.
(Abeel Tayel of Al Arabiya can be reached via email at: email@example.com)