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Pending Charges

After the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his regime on February 11, 2011, political activists and the Egyptian public protested in downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The main purpose of these protests was to pressure the caretaker government to put the main figures of the Mubarak regime on trial, including the former Ministers of Interior, Tourism, Information, Finance, Industry, Trade, and Housing. Protestors called for the trial not only of these people but also of former President Mubarak and his family.

Under the pressure of these demonstrations, the caretaker government arrested all the aforementioned ministers as well as other individuals loyal to the regime. The government investigated these individuals for the crimes of embezzlement of public funds, abuse of power, and illegal profiteering. This report discusses the pending criminal charges against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his immediate family members, the criminal procedure including the applicable burden of proof for the alleged crimes, and the potential penalties faced by the defendants. (June 2011)

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Status Update

Since the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt on February 11, 2011, Mubarak has been subject to investigations for four crimes: ordering the murder of peaceful protestors, misappropriating public funds, corruption and securing illicit gains, and unlawfully accepting gifts while in office.  While a second trial for the murder charge is ongoing, Mubarak has already been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for the misappropriation of public funds.    Thus far, no formal indictment has been issued against Mubarak for the illicit gains accusations. Mubarak has reached a settlement agreement with the prosecution on the charge of accepting unlawful gifts. (June 2014)

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