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Egypt renews Mubarak's custody over illicit gains

English.news.cn   2013-04-25 01:48:54            

CAIRO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's illicit gains authority decided on Wednesday to renew detention of former President Hosni Mubarak for another 15 days over illegally making fortunes for him and his family members using his power, official news agency MENA reported.

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.

In May 2011, the prosecution ordered Mubarak's custody for renewable 15 days over illicit gains to be carried out after his detention over other cases was over.

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, after his lawyer Farid al-Deeb argued that the law prohibited carrying out detention orders six months after their issuance, highlighting that Mubarak's detention over illicit gains was decided around two years.

However, Egypt's prosecution appealed the ruling and it was accepted by Cairo Criminal Court that confirmed on April 22 Mubarak's custody over illicit gains.

Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2012 over responsibility for 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.

On March 3, the Court of Appeals set April 13 for retrial of former president and his interior minister over the case of killing protesters.

On April 13, the retrial was adjourned as presiding judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah withdrew from the case and referred it to the Court of Appeals again to choose another judge.

The presiding judge withdrew "due to feeling of uneasiness" after claimants rejected him and caused a state of disorder inside the courtroom because he formerly acquitted 24 ex-regime officials in a similar case.

On April 15, the Court of Appeals ordered to temporarily release Mubarak over the case of killing protesters, but he had to remain in custody over investigations in other cases.

On April 17, the court set May 11 to retry the former president and his men over the case of killing protesters.

Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades and was toppled by nationwide protests that swept the country in January 2011.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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