An Egyptian court has acquitted the former president Hosni Mubarak’s two sons and his last prime minister of corruption charges.
The Cairo criminal court found Gamal and Alaa Mubarak and Ahmed Shafiq innocent in a case that arose from the sale in 1995 of a plot of land to the then president’s sons by an association led at the time by the former prime minister, judicial officials said.
Prosecutors claimed the land was sold to the two at a price lower than its market value. Four retired generals who served as board members of the association were also acquitted on Thursday.
Alaa Mubarak, a wealthy businessman, and Gamal, the former president’s one-time heir apparent, are facing a separate trial on other corruption charges. They have been held in detention since April 2011, two months after their father resigned in the face of a popular uprising.
Shafiq, a career air force officer like Hosni Mubarak, has lived in exile since he was narrowly defeated by Mohamed Morsi in a presidential runoff in June 2012.
Security officials at Cairo’s airport said orders that Shafiq be arrested on arrival at any of the country’s entry ports had been rescinded following Thursday’s verdict, clearing the way for his return.
Source: The Guardian, Dec. 19, 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/hosni-mubarak-sons-acquitted-corruption-egypt