Mubarak remains in detention despite release order, faces retrial and fresh charges of corruption

Published April 15th, 2013 - 08:34 GMT
Hosni Mubarak waves from his bed during his retrial which was quickly adjourned (AFP)
Hosni Mubarak waves from his bed during his retrial which was quickly adjourned (AFP)

Although former President Hosni Mubarak, who continues to face charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during Egypt's 2011 revolution, was ordered released without bail on Monday, he will nevertheless remain in detention on fresh charges in a separate case.

Mubarak lawyer Farid El-Dib has submitted a memorandum stating his client had already spent the maximum allowed provisional detention – two years – in the killing of protesters case, which led to Mubarak's provisional release.  

Last June, Mubarak received a life sentence for failing to prevent the death of hundreds of unarmed anti-regime protesters during the 18-day revolution. In January, however, the former president was granted a retrial due to 'procedural irregularities' in the initial trial.

On 7 April, Mubarak was slapped with 15 more days in detention pending investigation on charges of having illegally obtained funds earmarked for the renovation of presidential palaces when he was president.

Because Egyptian law prohibits overlapping terms of detention, Mubarak's new 15-day detention order will begin Monday, coinciding with his release following the earlier charges of complicity in killing protesters, explained Appeal Court deputy head Yehia Galal.

If the detention order is not renewed, the former president will be released on 30 April.

On Saturday, the judge overseeing the retrial recused himself and referred the case to the Cairo Appeal Court. A date for the retrial has yet to be released.

Also facing retrial for their alleged roles in the killing of protesters during the revolution are former interior minister Habib El-Adly, along with six of his aides.

The case against Mubarak sons Alaa and Gamal, meanwhile, was adjourned on Monday to 11 May. Both face charges of corruption and stock market manipulation.

Mubarak has been moved back to a military hospital in Cairo's Maadi district, a judicial source told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website.

Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdallah on Saturday requested that Mubarak be transferred back, health permitting, to the Tora prison hospital on the outskirts of Cairo. Prosecutors are still waiting for a hospital report to determine whether he can be transferred safely.

Since his detention in April 2011, the ousted president has complained of health problems and has been repeatedly moved back and forth from Tora to the Maadi Military Hospital.

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