2 sons of Egypt’s ex-president Mubarak acquitted of corruption charges

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CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 12: Lawyer of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal, Farid el Dib speaks at the Police Academy on trial accused of squandering public funds in Cairo, Egypt on October 12, 2015. In May, the former president and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were all slapped with three-year jail terms for committing financial irregularities related to Egypts state budget for the maintenance of presidential palaces. (Photo by Mohamed el Raai/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT – OCTOBER 12: Lawyer of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal, Farid el Dib speaks at the Police Academy on trial accused of squandering public funds in Cairo, Egypt on October 12, 2015. In May, the former president and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were all slapped with three-year jail terms for committing financial irregularities related to Egypts state budget for the maintenance of presidential palaces. (Photo by Mohamed el Raai/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

An Egyptian court acquitted on Saturday Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the sons of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, in a corruption case, state-run Ahram Online news website reported.

According to Ahram Online, the Cairo Criminal Court acquitted Alaa and Gamal, and others, in the case known in the media as “manipulating the stock exchange.”

The defendants faced charges of violating the rules of Egypt’s stock exchange market and the Central Bank of Egypt.

They were also accused of making illegal profits through the Cyprus-based company in their control which acquired a majority of shares in several banks on their behalf to escape the monitor of the stock market.

The prosecution said the defendants made illegal financial gains of over 493 million Egyptian pounds (about 31.7 million U.S. dollars) by allowing a Cyprus company to get a national bank’s shares through hidden deals.

In September 2018, a Cairo criminal court ordered the release on bail of the two sons of toppled president Mubarak, just five days after their arrest over charges in the same case.

After Mubarak’s ouster in early 2011, Gamal and Alaa were in custody for a number of alleged corruption crimes.

Along with their father, they were sentenced in May 2015 to three years in jail for embezzling funds meant for maintaining presidential palaces.

They have been free for the past four years since their sentences were covered by the years they had already served in provisional detention and they were released in the same year.

In March 2017, Mubarak was acquitted of the charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster.

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