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Mubarak expected to return home in 2 days, his lawyer states

Sun, Mar. 5, 2017
CAIRO – 5 March 2017: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to be released and to return to his home within two days, his defense lawyer

Farid El-Deeb announced on Saturday

, following Mubarak’s acquittal in the “trial of the century.”

Mubarak has faced several lawsuits since he was ousted from power in February 2011, including the “presidential palaces” case where the former president and his sons were sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement and seizing public funds; the “Ahram gifts” compensation case; a five-year judicial battle accusing him of illegal earnings; and the “trial of the century” which ended Thursday with Mubarak’s acquittal on charges of killing protesters during Egypt’s January 25 Revolution, after over 100 sessions and a revoked life sentence.

In a phone-in on Sada El Balad, Deeb said, “Official measures are being taken to inform the authorities of the verdict that will deduct two years of jail time from the ‘presidential palaces’ sentence.” This way, the whole sentence will have been served, Deeb explained.

The Presidential Palaces case is the only case in which Mubarak was found guilty by an Egyptian Court with a final verdict. On June 9, 2016 the Court of Cassation confirmed a three-year sentence against Mubarak and his sons, in addition to a fine of 125 million EGP ($6.9 million). As a consequence, they were denied all political and civil rights, including voting or running for elections.

In a statement to Youm7

, law expert Farag Fathi clarified, “The former president is entitled to rehabilitation seven years after the sentence.”

The Ahram Gifts case is ongoing and a verdict from the appeals court is expected March 23. In January 2013, Mubarak, his wife, his sons, his daughters-in-law and a number of officials of the former regime were accused of receiving expensive gifts from the state-owned Al-Ahram Press and Publishing Organization, amounting to millions of pounds.
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