Mubarak to apologise to Egyptians, plead for amnesty: report

CAIRO- Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is to apologise to the nation and plead for amnesty, three months after he was overthrown by a popular uprising, according to a report in the independent daily al-Shorouk.
The report to appear in Tuesday's edition quoted Egyptian and Arab official sources as saying that Mubarak was "drafting a letter which will be broadcast on Egyptian and Arabic channels, apologising on behalf of himself and his family for any offence caused to the people."

Mubarak to apologise to Egyptians, plead for amnesty: report
He is also to apologise "for any behaviour which may have stemmed from false information passed on to him by his advisers."
The former president and his wife Suzanne are under arrest in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after both of them suffered heart attacks during interrogation as part of a graft probe.
Mubarak is also ready to hand over his assets to the state in a bid to have the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces "look into an amnesty," the paper said.
A military source told Al-Shorouk that several Egyptian and Arab parties had been requesting an amnesty for Mubarak, 83, "within an acceptable legal framework."
The amnesty would apply to Mubarak, his wife Suzanne, and their two sons Alaa and Gamal who are held in Cairo's Tora prison on corruption charges, but sources say it is unlikely to be granted to the sons, the paper said.
On Monday, Mubarak's wife pledged to hand over to the state money in two bank accounts and a luxury villa in Cairo.
Mubarak has also been questioned by authorities over the order to shoot anti-regime protests who rallied across the country for 18 days to demand his ouster.
At least 846 people were killed during the protests and over 6,000 injured.
The military council that took over following Mubarak's resignation on February 11 has pledged to bring to justice all former regime officials found guilty of abuse.

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

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