Hosni Mubarak
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Report: Mubarak's wealth came from Israel gas deal

Cairo's new justice minister says ousted Egyptian president owes his vast fortune to corrupt arms deals, gas sales to Israel

Egypt's Justice Minister Mohammed al-Guindi said ousted President Hosni Mubarak accumulated his wealth from gas exports to Israel through a company owned by his friend, as well as from various arms deals, the Asian ANI News Agency reported Sunday.


Guindi said Saturday that the deposed president may face the death penalty if he is convicted of the changes brought against him, which include corruption, complicity to murder and embezzlement of public funds.


"Certainly, if convicted for the crime of killing protesters, it could result in the death sentence," he said.


Mubarak, who is hospitalized in Sharm el-Sheikh, is questions at his sickbed. According to Cairo's justice minister, the only person capable of pardoning Mubarak would be the new president.


"If I were the president, I will not pardon him for killing 800 martyrs," al-Guindi said.


Former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak and both of Mubarak's sons Gamal and Alaa are also facing allegations of corruption, he stressed.


Mubarak has repeatedly denied ever giving orders to open fire on protesters, but an Egyptian committee of inquiry named by the new military governing council to probe the violence which took place during the Egyptian unrest, has ruled the statement a lie.




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