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article imageMubarak and sons charged with premeditated murder of protesters

By Lynn Herrmann     May 24, 2011 in Politics
Cairo - Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are set to be tried over deaths of anti-government protesters of the January 25 revolution, part of the “Day of Rage” which eventually led to the president’s surrender of power on February 11.
The ousted leader, currently in a hospital at the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, his sons Gamal and Alaa and businessman Hussein Salem have been charged with killing protesters, misuse of power, profiteering, and incurring damages on public funds.
A statement by Egypt’s General Prosecution notes the ousted leader was charged with premeditated and attempted murder, Daily News Egypt (DNE) reports. Mubarak was accused of collaborating with Habib El-Adly, Egypt’s former Interior minister, and senior police officials to deliberately murder protesters demanding an overthrow of the Mubarak regime. Police officers were ordered to shoot protesters and drive over them with their vehicles.
Mubarak was also involved in a deal where he received a palace and four villas in Sharm El-Sheikh in exchange for “symbolic amounts of money” to finalize Salem’s ownership of state-owned land in South Sinai.
Also on the list of charges facing Mubarak are accusations of his involvement with former Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmy and Salem in allowing Salem to illegally rake in more than $2 billion in profits by letting his company export gas to Israel at prices below production costs, resulting in estimated losses for the state of $714 million.
The former Egyptian president also will be questioned by the Military Prosecution over arms deals related to “the interests and secrets of the armed forces,” according to DNE.
A trial date is expected to be announced next week, with the trial expected to start in June.
In addition to the murder charges, Gamal and Alaa face numerous financial violations including accepting four villas worth millions of dollars in exchange for using their father’s position which allowed Salem to acquire vast properties in South Sinai.
A preliminary report by health ministry and forensic doctors note Mubarak is well enough for transfer to a prison hospital. Medical sources at the resort town’s hospital say his health is stable but he suffers from depression.
Last week, Mubarak’s wife, Suzanne, was released after giving her assets to the state. She had been held at the same hospital on corruption charges which reportedly caused her to suffer a heart attack, the same malady her husband suffered.
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