Ousted President Mubarak and sons referred to Egyptian criminal court

May 24th, 2011 - 10:22 pm ICT by BNO News  

CAIRO, EGYPT (BNO NEWS) — The Prosecutor’s General Office on Tuesday referred the case of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to a criminal court over the killing of protesters.

According to the Ahram newspaper, the ousted president will also face charges of misuse of public funds and illicit profiteering. His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, will also go on trial.

Last week, the 84-yer-old former ruler signed a waiver to relinquish all his ‎assets and properties in Egypt to the nation. He previously asked for forgiveness and pleaded for amnesty to the Egyptian population and the ruling military council.

Egypt’s Supreme Council denied Mubarak’s claims and remarked that the investigations on him, his family and allies will continue as planned and the ruling on the case will be made solely by a criminal court.

Mubarak is accused of ordering the killing of protesters in Tahrir Square during the January 25 Revolution as well as many abuse of power and illicit profiteering counts. He is currently under arrest at the Salam Hospital in Sharm El-Sheikh after was hospitalized due to a minor heart attack.

On Monday, the Illicit Gains Authority (IGA) which is investigating the illicit profiteering counts summoned veteran journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal to question him in regards to his claims that Mubarak’s fortune was worth $9 billion based on documents in his possession.

According to the IGA investigation, the fortune of the ex-president was worth around $145 million, including his frozen Swiss bank accounts and a villa in Sharm El-Sheikh worth LE 36 million ($6 million).

On Sunday, a police officer was sentenced to death penalty for killing18 protesters during the Egyptian revolution. Mahmoud Al-Sonni, a low-ranking policeman currently at large, was convicted in absentia.

Mubarak ruled Egypt in a 30-year-long regime which began in 1981. He stepped down this year after weeks of anti-government protests by crowds calling for greater democracy and respect of human rights.

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