'Mubarak to Apologize to Egyptian People and Plead for Amnesty'

According to Egyptian daily, the former president will explain that some of his mistakes were due to 'faulty information'; he will also reportedly tell the people that he is willing to give up assets pending investigations.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will soon record an "emotional speech" in which he apologizes to the Egyptian people and asks for amnesty for himself, his wife, and his two sons, according to an Egyptian newspaper report released Tuesday.

The independent daily al-Shorouk said that Mubarak was in the process of drafting a letter that would be broadcast on television, in which he apologizes to the Egyptian people for any harm done to the nation due to a few individuals and "faulty information given to him."

According to the newspaper report, which sources unnamed Egyptian and Arab officials, Mubarak will say he is willing to give up all of the family's properties in Egypt, which have already been impounded, along with his bank accounts pending corruption investigations.

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He will urge Egyptians to remember that "he was once a fighting soldier in the army in defense of the nation and never sought the burden of the presidency and that his wife only sought charitable work to help the nation," according to sources in the report.

Mubarak, whose son Gamal was once tapped as a likely successor for the presidency, was toppled from the country's top post in February after 18 days of popular uprising.

He, along with his wife and sons, were sent to prison while investigations regarding charges of profiteering, misappropriating public funds and the illegal acquisition of wealth are being conducted.

The ousted president is also being investigated in the killings of over 840 people during those protests.

However, both he and his wife remain in a hospital in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Gamal and Alaa, another son, are in Cairo's Tora prison.

Investigations are proceeding into how the Mubaraks amassed assets estimated at tens of billions of dollars during Mubarak's nearly 30 years in office.

Swiss authorities said this month they had frozen 410 million francs (463 million dollars) in assets linked to Mubarak.

Military sources told al-Shorouk that it is unlikely his two sons will get amnesty, but that if opinion on the street allows for it, the 82-year-old Mubarak and his wife may be pardoned for past offenses due to their age and health.

Egypt's judiciary, which is investigating former first lady Suzanne Mubarak for corruption, would be satisfied if she returns some money to the state, the justice minister told Al Arabiya television on Tuesday.

"Should Suzanne Mubarak return money, that would be enough for the judiciary," Mohamed el-Guindy told the satellite news channel in a brief excerpt from an interview.

The wife of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak relinquished some of her assets to the state on Monday, days after anti-corruption authorities ordered her detention.

She returned a Cairo villa and gave authorities the power of attorney to withdraw up to 20 million Egyptian pounds (e3.37million), which authorities said she held, from two bank accounts, official state news agency MENA said.

Suzanne Mubarak, who has denied charges that she abused her husband's influence for unlawful personal gain, was admitted to hospital on Friday after suffering symptoms of a heart attack.