Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Mubarak and sons to be tried for killing demonstrators

Egyptian officials have announced that ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are to be tried for ordering the deaths of anti-government protesters. Mubarak, who stepped-down in February, is being detained at a hospital, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, along with this wife Suzanne.

Mubarak's two sons, Alaa and Gamal, are under detention in Cairo's Tora prison. They also face fraud charges. All three have been charged with "premeditated murder of some participants in the peaceful protests of the 25th January revolution”. The charges were issued by Egypt's prosecutor general after the most recent calls on Friday 20th May for the Mubarak family to be brought to justice.

It is estimated that more than 800 people were killed during anti-government protests that ousted Mubarak. Many suspect the family has accrued a large fortune, worth tens of billion, but the Mubaraks deny these allegations. Their bank accounts in the capital, as well as those in Switzerland, have been frozen. Suzanne Mubarak has also agreed to hand-over $3 million worth of assets to the State following an investigation over corruption charges.

Since Mubarak's resignation, several minister linked to the regime have been put on trial. Earlier this month, former interior minister Habib Al-Adly got 12 years on charges of money-laundering and profiteering. He also faces charges of ordering the killings of demonstrators.

Sources: BBC News, Houston Chronicle, Sydney Morning Herald

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