Hosni Mubarak questioned over gifts worth millions

January 13, 2013 - 3:28:47 am

CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak was yesterday questioned over gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds allegedly received from the country’s flagship state newspaper, a judicial source said.

Mubarak, who is already serving a life sentence for his involvement in the death of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled him, was ordered detained for 15 days pending the investigation, the source said.

According to the official MENA news agency, Mubarak received gifts worth seven million Egyptian pounds ($1m) from the Al-Ahram press foundation between 2006 and 2011 when he was ousted.

The ailing 84-year-old president has appealed the life sentence and a court will look into the appeal today.

He was acquitted of previous corruption charges on a technicality, but his two sons who were on trial with him, are facing fresh fraud charges.

Several Mubarak-era ministers and officials are currently in jail for corruption.

Mubarak is currently being treated at a military hospital, where he was moved from prison, suffering from cracked ribs and fluid in the lungs.

Meanwhile, unknown attackers threw petrol bombs at tents housing protesters outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo yesterday, injuring dozens of people, witnesses said.

A reporter saw several tents on fire and ambulances driving away from the scene late yesterday evening. 

A doctor in one of the ambulances said that dozens of people had been injured, including police officers.

Protesters opposing an Islamist-backed constitution have been camped outside the residence of President Mohammed Mursi for weeks.