CAIRO: Former President Hosni Mubarak will remain in prison until 2016 despite his Saturday acquittal on charges of squandering public funds, a judicial source told Youm7 Saturday.
Mubarak was sentenced in May to three years in prison for abusing the funds of presidential palaces, a term he has already served since he has been in custody since April 2011 pending his trial on squandering public funds and killing protesters.
However, he was only ordered to be detained pending the trial on presidential palaces in April 2013, the source said. His two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were sentenced to four years in prison in the same case. The two men are also detained pending another trial on manipulating the stock market, and will attend another court session on Dec. 18.
The prosecution remains the body to decide when Mubarak should be released, and whether his time in prison would count retroactively, a source at the Prison Authority told Youm7.
Mubarak, his two sons and business tycoon Hussein Salem were acquitted Saturday of undermining public interests for when Egypt exported natural gas to Israel at a below market price. In the same case, Mubarak’s charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the January 25 Revolution were dismissed. His codefendants—former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six top Adly aides—were acquitted of the murders.
Adly, however, is still detained pending a graft trial; his next court session is scheduled for Dec. 18.
The six aides have been released and face no further charges since they were acquitted in an earlier trial in June 2012.
For his part, Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered the technical office of the prosecution to study the 1,430-page document prepared by Judge Mahmoud al-Rashidy on his acquittal and dismissal of charges against Mubarak and his codefendants to potentially challenge the verdict in the Court of Cassation.
First Attorney of the Public Funds Prosecution Ahmed al-Bahrawy told Youm7 his department is still investigating reports against the former officials.