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Egypt: Former President Mubarak Sentenced to Life in Prison

(June 7, 2012) On June 2, 2012, the Criminal Court of Egypt sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison. The same sentence was meted out to the former Minister of Interior (the equivalent of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security). In its decision, the court stated that Mubarak and his Minister of Interior were the main perpetrators in issuing orders to kill protestors during the period of January 28 – February 11, 2011, and held them to be criminally responsible for their actions. (The Decision Against Mubarak [in Arabic], AL MSERYOON (June 6, 2012).)

On the other hand, the court dismissed financial corruption charges against Mubarak. The court also dismissed the charges of murder, attempted murder, and complicity to commit murder that were brought against six police commanders who acted as assistants to the former Minister of Interior. (Id.)

In response to the court decision, the defendants' lawyers began their first steps in the process of appealing the case before the Court of Cassation (Supreme Court). If the court determines that the defendants have the right to appeal, it will refer the case back to the criminal court for a second adjudication. The General Prosecutor, however, opposed the court decision. He assigned a team for the prosecution to file a petition against the decision before the Court of Cassation. The Egyptian Law of Criminal Procedure grants the right to the public prosecution office to file a petition against a criminal decision if the court acquits the defendant. (Id.)