Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

18 January 2013

Egypt: No Political Settlement in Mubarak's Lawsuit - Justice Minister

There will be no "political settlement" in former president Hosni Mubarak's lawsuit, Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekki has said.

Mekki stated there will be no bargaining in crimes related to the killings of Egyptians.

A court last week ordered the retrial of Mubarak and his interior minister during the 2011 uprising Habib al-Adli in the case of killing protesters after accepting the appeals they had filed.

Only the chief prosecutor general or the government can give the former president a pardon for health reasons, Mekki said in an interview with al-Arabiya news channel.

Reports have been circulating lately that Mubarak may be released due to the expiry of the legal period of detention which will end next April.

There are lawsuits against Mubarak that have not been looked into yet and that may extend the period of his detention, Mekki added.

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