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

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 May 2011

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

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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