Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian judge Waleed Sharabi, which aired on Mehwar TV via the Internet on December 5, 2012.
Waleed Sharabi: If I were the president, I would have to protect the institution of the presidency with all my power – not in order to protect my position, but in order to defend the state, which protects us all.
Interviewer: Using all available means?
Waleed Sharabi: Yes, using all available means, regardless of the cost.
Interviewer: Even if it means beating up demonstrators?
Waleed Sharabi: Even if it means shedding blood. We must defend the dignity of the state.
Interviewer: Your honor, I am not with you on that, because I believe that the blood of the Egyptians is more precious than the institution of the presidency.