Egyptian criminal court backs Mubarak’s release in corruption case

Hosni Mubarak, 84, is facing a series of charges related to the killing of protesters during the Jan. 25 revolution and of squandering public funds. (Reuters)

An Egyptian criminal court backed on Thursday a previous ruling to release Hosni Mubarak on illicit gains charges, but the ousted president will remain in detention in other charges.

Attorney General of the High State Security Prosecution Hisham al-Qarmouti told Al Arabiya that Mubarak will remain in custody in what is known as the ‘presidential palaces’ case.

Mubarak was accused of squandering funds that were allocated to the renovation of presidential palaces.

The wealth of Hosni Mubarak, his wife and their two sons, is valued at nine billion Egyptian pounds ($1.2 billion, 900 million euros), the state prosecutor has said.

A judge who was supposed to hear the case in the Appeals Court resigned this week over “embarrassment.” The case was then referred to the Criminal Court, Al Ahram Online reported.

Mubarak, 84, is facing a series of charges related to the killing of protesters during the Jan. 25 revolution and of squandering public funds.

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