Mubarak taken back to Maadi military hospital, sons to Tora prison following sentencing

Former President Hosni Mubarak was taken back to Maadi military hospital and his two sons to Tora prison, according to a security source, following their sentencing at Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday morning for the embezzlement of state funds.

 

Privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper quoted a member of Mubarak’s defense team saying he was transferred to the military hospital temporarily, until all the papers were in order, and that he would be released soon. 

A source from the Interior Ministry told state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper that Mubarak and sons would remain in custody until the prosecution calculates the amount of time they served pre-trial. 

The former president has been at Maadi military hospital permanently since August 2013, pending trial in a number of cases, but this was the last charge outstanding. 

 

Cairo Criminal Court upheld on Saturday a three-year sentence against former President Hosni Mubarak and sons for embezzlement.

 

Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and Gamal, had their original sentence reduced from four to three years, and the three were fined LE125 million (US$16.3 million) and ordered to return LE21 million ($2.7 million) to the state.

Following the verdict, dozens of Mubarak’s supporters started chanting against the court and left in tears, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al-Deeb looked shocked and left without giving any statements to the press.

Mubarak and sons were originally convicted in May last year for embezzling LE125 million of state funds. Investigations revealed that they received LE50 million a year from the state budget for “presidential palace repairs,” but spent some of this money on building villas for Mubarak’s sons and on other private properties.

 

The Cairo Court of Cassation ordered a retrial of the verdict on January 13, 2015, and Alaa and Gamal were released on January 22, after serving the maximum period for detention awaiting trial. The two made several public appearances recently, with newspaper pictures of Gamal at the Giza pyramids with his wife and daughter. 

 

This is the only case the former president has been convicted in, as he was cleared of all other charges against him, including: Exporting natural gas to Israel at below market rates, accepting Red Sea villas as gifts, and conspiring to kill protesters in the first 18 days of the January 25 revolution before he was deposed. 

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