Trial of Mubarak and his sons in corruption case set to start on August 19

The Cairo Appeals Court has scheduled the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal on corruption charges for August 19.

 

They are accused of misappropriating presidential palace funds to the sum of LE 1 billion during the last 10 years of Mubarak’s rule.

 

Investigations by a state investigative body have revealed that Mubarak and his sons received a yearly LE 50 million payment from the state budget under the heading presidential palace repairs. The money was however spent on building villas for Mubarak’s two sons and on their private farms.

 

These are the only charges for which Mubarak is currently being detained after the Cassation Court freed him in the case concerning the killing of January 25 protesters after he challenged his being held in custody. This means that Mubarak could be released and summoned only for investigation.

 

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak meanwhile are being held in relation to the case against them concerning stock exchange transgressions. They also have been released in relation to the killing of January 25 protesters case.

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution Office opened investigations into the case of misappropriating presidential palace funds when Ibrahim Abdalla — appointed in violation of the law by deposed President Mohamed Morsi — was prosecutor general.

 

Abdalla left his post after Morsi’s removal pursuant to a court decision reinstating former prosecutor general during the Mubarak era, Abdel Meguid Mahmoud. He was replaced by Hesham Barakat a few days later, having made wide changes within the prosecution general office, including the removal of some Supreme State Security Prosecution Office prosecutors appointed by Abdalla.

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