Mubarak not involved in gas deal with Israel, lawyer says
Ousted leader's defense lawyer says there is 'no strong evidence' that former president exported gas to Israel at a discount.
Hosni Mubarak's defense lawyer said on Saturday there was 'no strong evidence' that the former Egyptian president was involved in a 15-year deal to export gas to Israel at a discount.
Farid al-Deeb told a court that the controversial deal had been struck by a technical committee and approved by the government without the former president's intervention.
Mubarak, 83, and fugitive business tycoon Hussein Salem face charges of wasting public money by selling Egyptian gas to Israel at prices lower than the market value.
Mubarak is also charged with complicity in killing around 850 protesters during a popular revolt that ousted him last year. The next hearing is on Sunday.