CAIRO: An appeal submitted by former President Hosni Mubarak and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, was accepted by the Court of Cassation, leading to their retrial over embezzling funds allocated to Presidential Palaces, Youm7 reported.
In their first trial in May, Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison, while his two sons were sentenced to a term of four years on charges of embezzling an estimated 125 million EGP ($17.5 million) that was allocated to renovate the presidential palaces from 2002 to 2011. They were fined 21.2 million EGP and have also been ordered to repay the 125 million EGP they were convicted of stealing.
Under Egyptian law, the term of a prison sentence is not counted from the date of conviction, but is instead calculated from the date of initial detention. Since Mubarak was detained in 2011, his prison sentence is scheduled to end Jan. 16, 2015, even if the appeal is finally rejected.
Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al- Deeb told Youm7 that he will submit a release request after the legal procedure of the Court of Cassation decision ended, noting that he will also ask for a release for Alaa and Gamal.
Mubarak and his sons, along with Egyptian-Spanish business tycoon Hussein Salem, were acquitted on Feb. 29 of charges of squandering public funds by exporting gas to Israel at a below market. The court also dismissed the charges against Mubarak, his former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly, and his six aides over the killing the peaceful demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution.
The defendants are also facing charges of forgery in official documents and willful squandering of public money.
The case of Presidential palace is last trial in which Mubarak and his sons are being actively tried; however, their acquittal of other charges has been challenged.
Additional reporting by Omnyia al-Mogy