Egyptian military rules out pardon for Mubarak

Wednesday 18 May 2011 11.49
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Hosni Mubarak - Overthrown in February
Hosni Mubarak - Overthrown in February
Egypt - Hosni Mubarak treated in hospital after a heart attack
Egypt - Hosni Mubarak treated in hospital after a heart attack

Egypt's ruling military council has dismissed a report that it might pardon ousted leader Hosni Mubarak or his family, saying it does not intervene in judicial affairs.

'There is absolutely no truth to what has been reported by the media that the supreme council is moving towards a pardon for former president Mohammed Hosni Mubarak or his family,' the council said.

'The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces does not interfere in one way or the other in legal procedures to hold the former regime symbols accountable,' the statement read.

Mr Mubarak has been detained since April on suspicion of involvement in the deaths of protestors and corruption.

He is under arrest in a hospital, where he was treated for a heart attack during an interrogation.

His two sons Alaa and Gamal are being held in a Cairo prison while his wife Suzanne, after relinquishing her assets, was released on bail as she also faces a corruption investigation.

An Egyptian newspaper, citing military sources, said Mr Mubarak was preparing a letter of apology and to hand over assets, hoping that would secure him amnesty.

The 83-year-old veteran president was overthrown in February after more than two weeks of mass protests. Tens of thousands of demonstrators since then have called for his trial.