Mubarak sons are arrested
Court locks up pair during their trial on insider-trading counts
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.