Mubarak sons are ar­rested

Court locks up pair dur­ing their trial on in­sider-trad­ing counts

The Dallas Morning News - - World - Hamza Hen­dawi, The As­so­ci­ated Press

CAIRO — Act­ing on a judge’s or­der, Egyp­tian po­lice de­tained the sons of for­mer Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak on Satur­day along with three oth­ers in con­nec­tion with in­sid­er­trad­ing charges for which the five are on trial, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said.

They said the ar­rests were or­dered by Judge Ahmed Aboul-Fe­touh be­fore he ad­journed the case’s hear­ings un­til Oct. 20. The Mubarak sons — wealthy busi­ness­man Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir ap­par­ent, Ga­mal — were taken to a prison south of Cairo af­ter the hear­ing, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials, speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

The de­ten­tion of the two brothers came as some­thing of a sur­prise, given that the trial has been pro­ceed­ing with­out in­ci­dent. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if their de­ten­tion had any­thing to do with a re­cent warn­ing to Ga­mal Mubarak by a news­pa­per editor close to the govern­ment to aban­don any po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions.

Pre­vent­ing Ga­mal from suc­ceed­ing his fa­ther was among the chief mo­tives for the 2011 upris­ing and the mil­i­tary’s sub­se­quent sup­port for the re­volt.

The two sons and their fa­ther were sen­tenced to three years in prison fol­low­ing their con­vic­tion on charges of em­bez­zling funds set aside for the restora­tion and main­te­nance of pres­i­den­tial palaces, us­ing the money in­stead to up­grade their pri­vate res­i­dences. The sons were re­leased in 2015 for time served, while Mubarak walked free last year. The three paid back the money they em­bez­zled.

They were first de­tained in April 2011, two months af­ter a pop­u­lar upris­ing forced Mubarak to step down af­ter nearly 30 years in power. Af­ter a long trial, Mubarak was ac­quit­ted of killing pro­test­ers dur­ing the 18-day upris­ing against his au­to­cratic rule.

The on­go­ing in­sider trad­ing trial cen­ters on the brothers’ pur­chase of a large num­ber of shares in an Egyp­tian bank that they al­legedly knew was to be­come the tar­get of a takeover by an Arab Gulf in­vestor.

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