Mubarak to face conspiracy charges in protest shootings

May 24, 2011

Egypt’s top prosecutor said Tuesday that ousted president Hosni Mubarak will stand trial in an alleged conspiracy to kill demonstrators in February’s uprising and could face the death penalty if convicted.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the prosecutor’s office also said Mubarak’s sons, Gamal and Alaa, would be formally charged with corruption on allegations that they used their position to take over posh properties in the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The move comes days after activists took to the streets in response to news reports and rumors that suggested the former president was trying to work out an immunity deal with the country’s interim military leaders.

Mubarak, 83, was detained on corruption charges in April. His sons have been detained on similar charges and are being held in a Cairo prison. The former president is being held in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, where he is being treated for undisclosed ailments. Government officials say Mubarak will be transferred to a prison as soon as his health improves.

No trial date has been set in either case.


(FILES) A combo of pictures shows on the left Alaa (R) and Gamal Mubarak, the sons of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in a picture dated September 29, 2007 in Cairo and their father, ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak (R). (STR AND CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The prosecution of Mubarak, who led Egypt for nearly 30 years, was one of the top demands of activists who forced him out of office after 18 days of street protests.

Protesters in this Mediterranean city have continued to hold demonstrations regularly calling for the swift prosecution of Mubarak.

Wael Abdullah, 39, an employee of the local tax authority office, was among the hundreds of protesters lined up on the main thoroughfare along the coastline holding posters with images of the deposed first family.

“They are dealing with our demands very slowly,” he said. “The most important is to expedite the prosecution of those responsible for the death of the martyrs of the revolution.”

The former president’s sons were also charged with accepting bribes from a businessman, Hussein Salem, who is thought to be abroad. Salem, who ran a business that exported gas to Israel, also faces criminal charges, according to the statement.

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