CAIRO: Egypt’s Court of Cassation has set June 4 to rule on the final prosecution appeal against the acquittal of former President Hosni Mubarak, former interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his top police chiefs of killing hundreds of peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution.
The one-panel court heard the pleadings of civil plaintiffs and the defendants’ lawyers on Thursday.
On Nov. 29, the criminal charges against Mubarak were dropped, and Adly and his six aides were acquitted of them by Cairo Criminal Court. The same day, Attorney General Hesham Barakat challenged the ruling.
In the same trial, Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal, and the Egyptian-Spanish fugitive business tycoon Hussein Salem were acquitted of charges of embezzlement and exporting Egyptian gas to Israel at a below-market price.
The Mubaraks’ were sentenced to three and four years in prison over charges of profiteering as they seized public funds worth 125 million EGP ($ 16.38 million,) which were allocated to presidential palaces between 2002 and 2001. However, the defendants are being retired over the case.
Alaa and Gamal have walked out of jail after spending four years in prison since 2011. As for Mubarak, he has been at Maadi Military Hospital since his acquittal.