Saturday,21 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1223, (27 November - 3 December 2014)
Saturday,21 July, 2018
Issue 1223, (27 November - 3 December 2014)

Ahram Weekly

Surprise verdict?

Al-Ahram Weekly

ON SATURDAY Judge Mahmoud Kamel Al-Rashidi is scheduled to deliver a verdict in the trial of Hosni Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal, businessman Hussein Salem, former interior minister Habib Al-Adli and six of Adli’s assistants.

Mubarak is the first Arab ruler to face trial after being removed from power.

The Cairo Criminal Court delayed the verdict from 27 September to 29 November, stating that more time was needed to complete the reasoning behind the verdict.

Mubarak faces charges of complicity in the murder of peaceful pro-democracy protesters opposed to his rule, abuse of power for personal gain, and profiteering by aiding businessman Hussein Salem to monopolise gas sales to Israel. His two sons are being tried on corruption charges.

In June 2012 Mubarak and Al-Adli were found guilty of failing to prevent the killing of peaceful protesters during the 25 January Revolution that led to Mubarak’s removal, and sentenced to life imprisonment.  

In January 2013 the conviction was overturned on appeal and a retrial ordered. The retrial opened in May 2013. The court may uphold the 2012 verdicts, or it could hand down reduced jail terms in which case time already spent in prison will be deducted from the  sentence, or the former president may be found innocent of the charges. 

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