CAIRO: Former President Hosni Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al-Deeb denied Sunday evening the claims made by media outlets that Mubarak called on the probable president-elect Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to give him a presidential pardon, Deeb said in a phone interview on Sadah Al- Balad channel.
“The former President respects any final ruling issued by the court,” Deeb said. He started the procedures needed to appeal against the ruling of three years in prison on May 21 in the case known in the Egyptian media as the Presidential Palace Trial.
“I asks for nothing but good treatment for Egypt’s former President because of his age, deteriorating health, and severe illness,” Deeb said.
Mubarak received a three year jail sentence on charges of embezzling 125 million EGP ($17 million) in public funds to finance his private palaces, according to Youm7.
Deeb told The Cairo Post that Mubarak’s health is “deteriorating” and that he was concerned that he may be moved from the Maadi Military Hospital to Tora Prison. Deeb said the attorney general formed a committee to determine if Mubarak’s health condition allows him to move to Tora prison or if he should stay at the hospital.
Commenting on the embezzlement ruling, the Ana Asef Ya Rayes (I am Sorry Mr. President) Facebook page released a statement expressing their respect for the court ruling and added that they are waiting to see what legal steps will be taken by Mubarak’s lawyer.
On June 2013, the Supreme State Security Prosecution referred Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, to the criminal court over allegations that they misappropriated 125 million EGP for the renovation of presidential palaces.
The Mubaraks were originally referred to the court over charges in the embezzlement case in June 2013. In November 2013, after conducting investigations, the Supreme Public Funds Prosecution added four new suspects to the case: engineers for the presidency Mohie Eddin Abdel Hakeem and Amr Mahmoud Mohamed Khedr, and engineers at the Arab Contractors company Abdel Hakeem Mansour and Magda Ahmed Hassan.
These four suspects face charges of facilitating funds for the benefit of Mubarak’s family to spend on their private villas in Heliopolis, Orabi, Katameya, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Marina from 2002-2011.
In August, Mubarak was released after exceeding the two-year maximum detention time without trial according to Egyptian law. His two sons however are still jailed.