Prosecution Yet to Decide On Mubarak’s Release

Former President Hosni Mubarak will be sent back to the Maadi Military Hospital, where he is serving a three-year-prison sentence, until the prosecution counts the period of time he has already served in preventive detention, a judicial source said.

The Cairo Criminal Court dropped on Saturday the case against Mubarak over complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day January 2011 uprising which toppled his regime.

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

He is serving time in a military hospital in Cairo.Mubarak and his two sons were accused of exploiting their influence in the favour of businessman Hussein Salem after the latter granted them five villas in the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The court announced on Saturday the expiry of the statute of limitations in this case, adding that it therefore lacks jurisdiction to rule on it.

Saturday’s sentence drops the charges against Alaa and Gamal Mubarak in the case.

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.

The prosecution is also set to count the time Mubarak’s sons have served in preventive detention and whether it amounts to four years.

Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, said that his defendant will be “free” after Saturday’s court ruling, adding that he has already served his three-year sentence in preventive detention.

Mubarak and his sons were arrested in April 2011. The 86 year-old former president was nevertheless released from jail in August 2013 and put on house arrest until the May prison sentence.

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.

Adly’s lawyer Essam al-Battawi told Aswat Masriya that his client will be sent back to prison as he is detained pending other graft charges.

Source : Aswat Masriya