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Egypt’s Public Prosecutor sends Mubarak men to criminal court

Ahead of calls for a 'Second Day of Rage' on Friday, the Public Prosecutor's office has announced the referral of Mubarak, his two sons and Hussein Salem to the criminal courts on charges of manslaughter among others

Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 May 2011

The Public Prosecutor’s office announced today that ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his sons, Gamal and Alaa, and Hussein Salem, a prominent businessman, have been referred to the criminal courts to face charges of killing protestors during the January 25 Revolution and misusing their political status to accumulate wealth by deliberately curbing the state’s funds for personal gains.

As outlined on the Public Prosecutor’s Facebook page, Mubarak is accused of conspiring with Habib El-Adly, the former interior minister, and other police officers, to deliberately commit manslaughter against participants of the 25 January Revolution. The former president allegedly urged certain police officers to fire bullets into crowds of protestors, use vehicles to run demonstrators over, spread fear with the purpose of putting an end to the protests and maintain the status quo.

The ousted president is also accused of using his position to buy several Egyptian properties well below their market value such as a castle and four villas in Sharm El-Shiekh worth around LE40 million. Salem is accused of giving Mubarak and his two sons these expensive properties for small amounts of money. In return, the ousted president allegedly allowed Salem to own huge tracts of land, reaching up to a million metres, in South Sinai and Sharm el-Sheikh.

Earlier, the prosecutor-general ordered a travel-ban on the aforementioned figures, but Salem was already out of Egypt. International police have been asked to arrest Salem. Gamal and Alaa Mubarak are already being detained in Tora prison.

The Public Prosecutor’s office has also transferred the case pertaining to Mubarak’s suspected weapons dealings to the military courts as they are the responsible entity in such matters.

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