The Arab world expects to see a genuine first, as former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, as well as his two sons Jamal and Alaa, come to court to face charges of corruption and murder. The serious corruption charges are based on years of alleged misuse of state assets and influence, and the murder charges are related to Mubaraks sanctioning of the killing of protesters in Tahrir Square by Egyptian security forces. It is the first time that a former president or ruler of an Arab state who lost legitimacy through popular action will be tried in an open court. This astonishing event will send a very powerful message to all leaders in power at the moment that they do not have complete licence to do what they want. It is a great day for the Arab world since it makes clear that even presidents and prime ministers have to follow the law, and should not pervert their position for personal or family gain. The gravity of the event places a huge responsibility on the Egyptian legal system. It is very important that justice is done, rather than popular revenge. People are very angry in Egypt about the years of Mubaraks rule, and popular resentment against the former president is very high. But it is important for the sake of the long term future of Egypt and the Arab world that the court insists that it administers justice, and does not simply legalise some kind of revenge on the former president for his years of bad governance and corruption. The trial is due to be televised live, and it is a great credit to the Egyptian system that this is happening. There is nothing like open and public scrutiny with clear and well presented evidence to dispel rumour and fabrication. Gulf News