2 May 2013

Egypt Court to Keep Mubarak in Prison Over Illicit Gains

Cairo — Egypt's Cairo Criminal Court refused Sunday an appeal submitted by former President Hosni Mubarak and decided to keep him in prison pending investigations over illicit gains charge, official Nile TV reported.

The appeal was submitted against a decision issued by illicit gains authority on April 24 to renew detention of Mubarak for more 15 days over illegally making fortunes for him and his family members using his power.

The decision came after the authority sent a judicial commission to Tora Prison and interrogated the ex-president for about five hours over graft and illicit gains charges.

On April 20, the Court of Appeals decided to temporarily release Mubarak over charges of illicit gains, but still to keep him in custody over other cases. Egypt's prosecution appealed the ruling.

Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2012 over involving in killing protesters in the 2011 upheaval, but he appealed the verdict. On Jan. 13, the Court of Cassation accepted the appeals of Mubarak and his Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and ordered their retrial.

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