Mubarak sons to face insider trading case

2012-05-30 19:13

Cairo - Deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak's sons, already on trial for corruption with their father, will face a new separate trial for alleged corrupt stock market dealings, state media reported on Wednesday.

The official Nile Television reported that Alaa and Gamal Mubarak will go on trial in a criminal court with seven other defendants. They and their father are facing a verdict on June 2 on corruption charges in the first trial.

The ex-president, who was toppled in an early 2011 revolt, also faces murder charges with seven security commanders for killings of protesters during the 18-day uprising that ended his 30-decade rule.

The official Mena news agency reported that the charges stem from the sale the Al Watany Bank of Egypt, without providing further details.

Gamal, 48, headed a powerful policy committee in the ruling party under his father and was widely seen as the heir apparent, a perception that helped fuel the uprising.

Alaa, the older son, stayed out of politics but was rumoured to have amassed a fortune using his father's connections. They are currently on trial for allegedly accepting villas as a bribe.

The Mubarak sons are in a Cairo jail awaiting the outcome of the trial on 2 June, with their 84-year-old father detained in a military hospital where he receives treatment for a heart condition.

Mubarak, his interior minister Habib al-Adly and five police commanders are also accused of ordering the deaths of some of the estimated 850 protesters killed during the uprising that forced him to resign on 11 February.

The verdict will come at a sensitive time as Mubarak's last premier, Ahmed Shafiq battles the Islamist Mohammed Mursi in a suspenseful presidential election run off scheduled for 16-17 June.

The prosecution's case against the Mubaraks has been accused by critics of relying on patchwork evidence