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Egypt's Mubarak, his family banned from leaving Egypt

03-01-2011 14:49 BJT

CAIRO, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Prosecutor General Abdel- Mageed Mahmoud ordered on Monday to freeze the assets of former president Hosni Mubarak and his family, and to ban them from traveling abroad, the official MENA news agency said.

The photo grab from NBC news shows Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak delivering a
televised speech in Cairo, capital of Egypt, Feb. 10, 2011. Mubarak said in a televised
speech on Thursday night that he will hand over power to Vice President Omar Suleiman,
but will not resign, in a response to more than two weeks of mass protests against his
30-year rule, the country's state TV reported. (Xinhua Photo)

Bank accounts of the former president and his family were to be checked, said Asem el-Gohary, the assistant of the justice minister for anti-graft institution.

El-Gohary ordered different controlling bodies to investigate the bank accounts in and out of Egypt of Mubarak, his wife and sons, and other family members.

This decision came after ex-parliamentarian Mosutafa Bakry reported to the general prosecutor, accusing Mubarak of exploiting his influences to collect 250 million Egyptian pounds (about 43 million U.S. dollars) in Egypt's Al Ahly bank.

Bakry required checking accounts under the management of Mubarak's wife Suzanne Mubarak in Alexandria, which have deposits estimated at 145 million U.S. dollars.

The top prosecutor had ordered travel bans and assets freeze for a number of former senior officials during and after the protests.

Corruption was one of the major complaints of Egyptian protesters.

Former ministers of interior, tourism and housing, as well as a tycoon from the ruling party were arrested on Feb. 17 over corruption allegations. Former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly was accused of money laundering and is to stand before a criminal court on March 5.

Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11 due to massive protests against his regime which left around 365 dead and more than 5,500 injured.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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