CAIRO: Former President Hosni Mubarak, recently sentenced to three years in prison over embezzlement charges, can be transferred to Tora Prison hospital according to a medical report saying he is in good health, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Fared el-Deeb, Mubarak’s attorney, previously said his client’s health was “deteriorating” and that he could not be moved from the Maadi Military Hospital where he is currently staying.
A judicial source at the Public Prosecution told Youm7 that the Maadi Military Hospital issued a report about the former president’s health indicating he could be transferred. Furthermore, the source also said the Tora Prison hospital should be able to provide him the needed care.
Another report was sent by the Tora Prison hospital to Attorney General Hisham Barakat saying that the hospital is ready to receive Mubarak.
The three-year sentence against Mubarak was handed down May 21on charges he embezzled 125 million EGP ($17 million) in public funds to finance private palaces, according to Youm7.
The court also sentenced his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, to four years in prison on the same charges. It fined all three defendants 125 million EGP and ordered them to pay 21 million EGP to the state’s public fund.
The defendants were referred by the State Security Prosecution last June. In November, after additional investigations, the Supreme Public Funds Prosecution added four new suspects to the case. Mohie Eddin Abdel Hakeem and Amr Mahmoud Mohamed Khedr, two engineers at the presidency, along with Abdel Hakeem Mansour and Magda Ahmed Hassan, engineers at the Arab Contractors company, were all charged in the case.
The four additional suspects face charges of facilitating funds for the benefit of Mubarak’s family to spend on private villas in Heliopolis, Orabi, Katameya, Sharm el-Sheikh and Marina from 2002 to 2011.
In August 2013, Mubarak was released after exceeding the two-year maximum detention time pending trial. However, his two sons are still jailed.
Mubarak was acquitted in another case on corruption charges after he returned gifts he had received from Al-Ahram state-run institutions.
Additional reporting by Mohamed el-Alim