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Hosni Mubarak faces embezzlement charges

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been referred to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes, according to the Associated Press.

Public prosecutor Ahmed el-Bahrawi also referred two of the former president's sons, two government officials and two contractors to stand trial with the ex-leader. No trial date has been set yet.

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Credit: Stringer/AA/ABACAPRESS

Prosecutors accuse Mubarak and his sons of misappropriating 18 million dollars (£11.1 million) between 2002 and 2011 to renovate and build homes and offices in seven different areas in Egypt. The four others are accused of helping embezzle the money.

He was sentenced to life in prison last year for complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt against him, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.

Read: Hosni Mubarak appears in court

Hosni Mubarak 'flown to hospital'

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was flown from prison to hospital, officials said, after judicial authorities ordered his release from prison.

Exclusive footage shown on a private TV station in Egypt showed the military helicopter that lifted him from prison landing and being met by an ambulance.

He is due to be treated in a hospital in the suburb of Maadi, officials told Reuters.


Hosni Mubarak supporters celebrate prison release

A small group of supporters celebrated the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack. Credit: Reuters

A small group of supporters of former president Hosni Mubarak gathered outside his prison on the outskirts of Cairo to celebrate his release.

An army helicopter transported him to a military hospital in the nearby suburb of Maadi, Reuters reports.

A supporter of former president Hosni Mubarak celebrates outside the prison he was freed from, this afternoon. Credit: Reuters / Youssef Boudlal


Fate of Mubarak must be decided in 'transparent way'

The fate of Hosni Mubarak must be decided in a "transparent and impartial" way, William Hague said amid fears the former Egyptian president's release from jail could further inflame unrest.

William Hague attended an emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels today. Credit: Press Association

The comments came amid concern the decision of an Egyptian court to order the release on bail of Mubarak - detained since he was ousted by a pro-democracy rising in 2011 - could worsen tensions.

"This is a matter for the Egyptian judicial system but we hope that all the decisions they take, particularly on such a sensitive matter, will be transparent and will be impartial," Mr Hague said.

EU assistance given to Egypt to be reviewed

European Union foreign policy chief, Baroness Ashton, has said the EU governments have agreed to review the assistance given to Egypt, in light of the recent bloodshed in the country.

She added that the most vulnerable would continue to receive help. Her comments follow an emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

William Hague condemns Egyptian bloodshed

Speaking after an emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the on-going bloodshed in Egypt and praised the work of European Union foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton.

Foreign Secretary William Hague. Credit: ITV Pool

He said: "All ministers have been reflecting the strong condemnation of the disproportionate actions of the Egyptian security forces but also of the acts of some of those opposed to the authorities in the attacking of churches and hospitals - totally unacceptable acts of terrorism."

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