CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court is witnessing Wednesday the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal media dubbed as “Presidential Palaces” case in which they given 1-year sentences in an initial verdict.
The defendants are accused of seizing public funds worth 125 million EGP ($16.38 million,) which had been allocated to the upkeep of the presidential residences between 2002 and 2011.
Thus, a prior court released a verdict which included a three years prison penalty for Mubark and other four years for his son. The court ordered the Mubarak family reimburse 21 million EGP and fined them with 125 million EGP.
In November 2014, charges against Mubarak and his sons for killing protesters were dropped , and they were acquitted of illegally exporting gas to Israel. The ruling followed an appeal of an initial ruling released in June 2012 which handed the former president a life sentence.
Both Alaa and Gamal are still being tried over accusations of insider trading to buy shares of a private bank, but have been released on bail pending the trial proceedings. According to Egypt’s penal code, they may move freely in public but they are under a travel ban from leaving the country.
Hosni Mubarak was released by the court pending the trial but the Egyptian government ordered his continued house arrest, and he remains in residence in Cairo’s Maadi Military hospital.
Samir Sabry, a lawyer and a civil plaintiff, said in a lawsuit that “Mubarak is still charged of squandering public funds, and mismanaging the pillars of the public sector.”