Egypt’s ruling military council not considering amnesty for Mubarak

May 19th, 2011 - 12:23 am ICT by BNO News  

CAIRO, EGYPT (BNO NEWS) — Egypt’s ruling military council on Wednesday informed that it is not considering granting amnesty to ousted President Hosni Mubarak even after he returned his properties and assets on Tuesday.

According to the Ahram newspaper, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that Mubarak will go on trial as announced where he receive absolution. On Tuesday, Mubarak asked for forgiveness and pleaded for amnesty to the Egyptian population.

The 84-yer-old former ruler also signed a waiver to relinquish all his ‎assets and properties in Egypt to the nation. Mubarak is currently under arrest at the Salam Hospital in Sharm El-Sheikh pending ‎corruption and criminal investigations.

The Supreme Council in its 54th communiqué remarked that the investigations on Mubarak, his family and allies will continue as planned and the ruling on the case will be made solely by the Egyptian judiciary.

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 was hospitalized after suffering a minor heart attack.

His wife, Suzanne Mubarak, was released on Tuesday after being detained for 15 days as part of the investigation. Suzanne gave up assets but denied charges of abuse of power. She was also hospitalized on Friday after suffering symptoms of a heart attack.

His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were detained for questioning over the abuse of power and illicit profiteering accusations. The Illicit Gains Authority determined after an investigation that the fortune of the ousted 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).

Swiss authorities previously froze all assets of Mubarak, his family, and close allies, totaling an estimated 410 million Swiss Francs ($462 million). Egypt is seeking the return of the 100 percent of the frozen assets as it is claimed that the money came from misuse of public funds and related corruption schemes.

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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