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Mubarak and sons may face military court; stand trial in hospital

Mubarak and his sons may face military prosecution for earning commissions on arms deals

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 May 2011
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A judicial source has revealed that Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal along with Egyptian business tycoon Hussein Salem may be charged for earning commissions in arms deals.

According to the source, if sufficient evidence is submitted, the four may face a military court on charges of profiteering. Taking commissions for arms contracts is banned under Egyptian law.

Adel Saeed, the official spokesperson for the prosecution also announced yesterday evening that the military judiciary has been alerted about the charges in accordance with law 25 of 1966, which requires these crimes to be investigated by the military prosecution.

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak also may be tried for charges of illegal profiteering and killing of civilians during the 25 January Revolution.

The trial may take place while Mubarak is in the hospital, says Judge Khaled El Shobashy, head of the Shubra Criminal Court. In an interview with talk show host Mona El Shazly, El Shobashy said that moving the court to the Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital, where Mubarak has been detained since 13 April, is legally possible and does not undermine the work of the court.

Mubarak was transferred to the criminal court yesterday after the prosecutor general exhausted all possible renewals of the 15-day custody period for the ex-president.

El Shobashy has also said that since Mubarak was transferred to the criminal court, they are now responsible for detaining or releasing him and a date for his trial will be announced soon.


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Diana Hughes
25-05-2011 06:19pm
Former President to be tried
Poor Mr Mubarak. I don't think there's much else humiliating that can be done to him. The protestors are aware they have only to demand that the Government do this, that and the other and it is done immediately. Now Mr Mubarak is to be tried and perhaps face the ultimate penalty just so that the protestors can extract their revenge from an 83 year old, sick man. Oh, yes, this is going to ensure success in setting up a new, democratic Egypt which is what the protestors said they wanted!! I don't think so! This has been forgotten and instead they want to make a scapegoat of a poor man who now has no job, no family life, lost his good reputation and fitness. They do not care that he has done many good things for the country he loves. He should be left alone and allowed to retire gracefully.
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