Egypt court re­turns ex-pres­i­dent Mubarak’s two sons to prison

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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 in­sider trad­ing 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 one­time heir ap­par­ent Ga­mal — were taken to a prison south of Cairo af­ter the hear­ing, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief me­dia.

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 has any­thing to do with a re­cent warn­ing to Ga­mal Mubarak by a news­pa­per ed­i­tor close to the gov­ern­ment to aban­don any po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions.

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

The three 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 buy­ing by the two broth­ers of a large num­ber of shares in a lo­cal Egyp­tian bank that they al­legedly knew was to be­come the tar­get of a takeover by an Arab Gulf in­vestor, a move that was vir­tu­ally cer­tain to dra­mat­i­cally drive up share prices.

One of the five or­dered de­tained on Satur­day is in­vest­ment banker Has­san Heikal, son of Mo­hamed Heikal, a con­fi­dant of Egypt’s late na­tion­al­ist leader Ga­mal Ab­del-Nasser and the au­thor of a se­ries of books giv­ing in­sider ac­counts of Egypt’s wars and peace­mak­ing with Is­rael. He died in 2016.

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

Photo: AP

In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, for­mer Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak, seated cen­ter left, and his two sons, Ga­mal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak at­tend a hear­ing in a court­room in Cairo, Egypt.

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