Tantawi reportedly demands Mubarak return state funds

Egyptian military leader, Suleiman travel to warn deposed president he'll be prosecuted if trust funds not returned, Lebanese paper reports.

March 14, 2011 10:25
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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak 311 Reu. (photo credit: Reuters TV / Reuters)

Egyptian military leader Field Marshall Tantawi met secretly with deposed president Hosni Mubarak and demanded he return to the state trust funds in the names of his wife and sons, Lebanese newspaper Al-Diyar reported.

According to the reports, Tantawi, accompanied by former Egyptian vice president and Mubarak confidant Omar Suleiman, traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh in order to warn Mubarak that state prosecutors could take legal action against him if he did not return the funds.

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Last week, an appeal filed by Mubarak and his family demanding that a prosecutor's attempts to seize the family's financial assets be denied was rejected by an Egyptian court, The Associated Press reported.

With the appeal out of the way, it seemed that a criminal investigation into the deposed leader would be able to move forward.

At the beginning of March, reports circulated that Mubarak would be brought to Cairo for questioning in connection with a number of corruption charges, the Ahram Online website quoted sources close to Egypt’s prosecutor-general as saying.

Mubarak enjoys no immunity and may well be made to stand trial on the charges, the source said. He added that Mubarak would be sent to prison if convicted.

Almost two months after his ouster, it was still unclear whether the deposed dictator would be prosecuted or made to flee the country. In his last days as president, Mubarak vowed that he would die on Egyptian soil.

Reuters and Oren Kessler contributed to this report.

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