'Mubarak to apologize to Egypt, plead for amnesty'

Broadcast of former president apologizing for "any offense caused to the people" will be shown on Arabic channels, Egyptian report says.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 17, 2011 11:26
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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak

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

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is set to apologize to Egypt and plead for amnesty after he was forced to resign in February, following a popular uprising against him, according to a report cited by AFP.

The report quoted Egyptian and Arab sources as saying that Mubarak was “drafting a letter which will be broadcast on Egyptian and Arabic channels, apologizing on behalf of himself and his family for any offense caused to the people,” AFP reported.

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Mubarak also plans to apologize “for any behavior which may have stemmed from false information passed on to him by his advisers,” the report stated.

The former president said he is ready to give his assets to the state in an attempt to have the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces “look into an amnesty,” according to the report.

The plan would give amnesty to Mubarak, his wife, Suzanne, and their two sons Alaa and Gamal, who are being detained in Cairo’s Tora jail for corruption charges.

However, AFP cited the Al- Shorouk newspaper as saying that amnesty is unlikely to be given to Mubarak’s sons.

Mubarak’s wife was released from detention on Tuesday after giving up assets, but is still being investigated, said an official leading a probe into whether she amassed wealth illegally.



Suzanne Mubarak, who denies charges that she abused her husband’s influence for unlawful personal gain, was admitted to a hospital on Friday after suffering symptoms of a heart attack. She has been detained in the same hospital as her husband, who has also been treated.

Mubarak, is under investigation for abuse of power, embezzlement and responsibility for the deaths of some protesters during the 18 days of unrest that led to his ouster on February 11. He is still in detention.

“Suzanne Mubarak was released pending investigations after she gave up her assets of 24 million Egyptian pounds ($4m.) to the state,” Assem el- Gohari, the head of the illicit gains authority, told state radio.

A judicial source said earlier that Mubarak would be released after posting bail.


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