Egypt's deposed president Hosni Mubarak waves from behind the accused cage during his trial on May 21, 2014 in Cairo. (Photo: Reuters)
A Cairo criminal court has set 9 May as the date for announcing the final verdict in the retrial of former president Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal, in the presidential palaces case, earlier Wednesday.
Mubarak, and his sons Gamal and Alaa, were originally convicted last May of embezzling LE125 million ($17.9 million) allocated for developing communications centres for the presidency, in order to develop their own private buildings.
Mubarak, who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011, received a three-year prison sentence and his sons four-year sentences. Both Mubarak and his sons appealed against the court ruling.
This is considered the final trial for the ex-president ousted by popular protests in February 2011. However, the court of cassation will issue its verdict on May 7 after the appeal from the prosecution against Mubarak's acquittal in the killing of protesters case.
In November 2014, the ex-autocrat had charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising dropped. He was also cleared of other corruption related charges.
In January, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were released after serving the maximum period of detention pending trial. They still face charges of corrupt stock exchange dealings in a separate case.