Mubarak sons, others face criminal trial

Sept. 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM
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CAIRO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The sons of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Gamal and Alaa, and other officials in Mubarak's regime will be tried in criminal court, officials said.

Besides the two Mubarak sons, former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and the former chief of the Cooperative Housing Association for Military Pilots, Gen. Nabil Farid Shokry, will face corruption charges, al-Masry al-Youm reported Monday.

The men are accused of illegally appropriating land in the 1990s.

Shokry allegedly pleaded guilty to charges that included profiteering and facilitating the seizure of the public funds and forging official documents in collaboration with Shafiq, sources told al-Masry al-Youm . A judge ordered Shokry, who said he was coerced by Shafiq, to be jailed.

Shafiq, who lost the recent election to President Mohamed Morsi, is accused of squandering public funds by selling land owned by Cooperative Housing Association of Air Force officers at below-market rates to Gamal Mubarak and Alaa Mubarak. Shafiq was an Air Force commander in chief when the transaction occurred, the newspaper said.

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