Mubarak Denies Committing Any Acts in Phone Call After His Acquittal

Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak denied in a phone call on Saturday having committed any acts which warrant sentencing, shortly after a court dropped the charges against him over complicity in the murder of protesters.

“The product of the first twenty years [of my reign] appeared during the last ten years,” Mubarak told private-owned satellite channel Sada al-Balad. The toppled president ruled Egypt from 1981 until 2011. “They then turned against us.” Mubarak said, adding that he cannot mention who this was in reference to.

The court also acquitted on Saturday Mubarak’s Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and four of his aides on charges of inciting and aiding the killing of 238 protesters during the 18-day January 2011 uprising which toppled his regime.

The five defendants, alongside other aides Osama al-Marasi and Omar Afifi, were also acquitted of the charge of harming their work-place.

The court has also acquitted Mubarak and Egyptian businessman Hussein Salem of the graft charges related to the exportation of gas to Israel. Salem is being tried in absentia, as he has fled the country since the uprising.

Speaking to Sada al-Balad on Saturday, the businessman said he will return to Egypt as soon as possible.

Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal were accused of exploiting their influence in Salem’s favour after the latter granted them five villas in the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The judge heading the trial, Mahmoud al-Rashidi said that the statute of limitations in this case has expired, and therefore the court lacks jurisdiction to rule on it.

Egypt’s top prosecutor announced on Saturday his intention to challenge all rulings at the Court of Cassation.

HOSPITAL CELEBRATIONS

A medical source at the Maadi Military Hospital, where Mubarak is currently staying, said the former president was welcomed with congratulations and salutes by a number of military officers upon his return from court on Saturday.

“I have faced grave injustice during the past phase,” Mubarak reportedly said upon returning to hospital. “I knew that God would stand by me and grant me victory and that the truth will prevail during the trial session. I have not committed any crimes.”

Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al-Deeb and his wife Suzanne showed up in hospital on Saturday to congratulate the former president, the medical source said.

The judge said that during the retrial, the court was able to count the death toll for the clashes which erupted during the uprising and until January 31, 2011. The day marks the last day of Adly’s reign in the ministry of interior he was removed from the ministry the next day.

UPRISING DEATHTOLL

According to the judge, 238 protesters were killed in 10 governorates nationwide during this period of time, as well as 1588 injured. One more citizen was killed in North Sinai during the same period of time, Rashidi said, adding that his death was unrelated to the uprising.

Rashidi added that there were 36 protesters injured during this time who died later due to their wounds.

A fact-finding committee established by the authorities in 2011 put the death toll for the events which took place in Egypt since January 25 and until February 16, 2011, at 846, citing health ministry statistics.

MUBARAK’S FATE

The verdict was met with applause within the courtroom.

Outside the court, dozens of Mubarak supporters celebrated his acquittal.

Mubarak and his interior minister were sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the same charges before an appeals court ordered their retrial. The retrial began in April, 2013.

Mubarak told Sada al-Balad channel he “laughed” upon hearing the 2012 sentence.

In May, a Cairo court sentenced Mubarak to three years in prison on embezzlement charges, while his two sons were sentenced to four years in prison for the same charges.

He is serving time in a military hospital in Cairo.

Mohamed al-Kholeisi, director of the prisons investigation, told Aswat Masriya that the prison authority is waiting on the prosecution’s decision over whether the time Mubarak has already served in preventive detention is more than the three years he has been served.

If so, he will be released from custody.

Source : Aswat Masriya