MP proposes special commission to reinvestigate Mubarak officials

MP Amr Hamzawy said Wednesday his Freedom Egypt Party is drafting legislation that would allow a special committee to investigate charges against former officials.

The bill would effectively allow retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak, who received a 25-year prison sentence from Cairo Criminal Court Saturday, without resorting to extraordinary trials or laws, Hamzawy claims.

The proposal stipulates the formation of a special commission that would investigate Mubarak-era figures, as well as addressing government violations committed since 1981, and have the power to refer cases to civil court, the liberal MP said.

Hamzawy wrote on his official Facebook page that human rights organizations and a legal and political team from his party drafted the bill, which he plans to submit to Parliament when he returns from a visit to Europe.

Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly were sentenced to life in prison Saturday for complicity in the deaths of revolution protesters, while six senior Interior Ministry officials were acquitted. The former president, his sons Alaa and Gamal Mubarak and a businessman were cleared of corruption charges because the statute of limitations had expired. The verdicts have raised discontent in Parliament and on Sunday lawmakers called for a special trial for Mubarak and other officials.

Some politicians and analysts say Mubarak should have been tried by a special political court.

Anger over the verdicts — especially the acquittals of the six senior security officials responsible for overseeing police when thousands of protesters were killed — has prompted activists to take to the streets this week to demand a retrial.

Judge Ahmed Refaat, who presided over the trial, said during the sentencing that the court did not find any evidence to prove that the bullets and weapons used to kill protesters belonged to the police.

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