Court adjourns Mubarak’s appeal against £50m fine in telecoms case

James Pearce
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Trial over government actions during Arab Spring will be delayed until 24 December

An Egyptian court has adjourned its review of an appeal by former president Hosni Mubarak, former PM Ahmed Nazif and former interior minister Habib El-Adly against a £50 million fine.

On 28 January 2011, at the start if the Egyptian revolution, government officials ordered that the telecommunications network by cut.

Later that year, after his government was ousted, Mubarak and co were ordered by a court to pay EGP 540m on charges of harming the state through their actions.

Al-Adly was instructed to pay the biggest share at EGP 300 (around £75 million), while Mbarak was ordered to pay EGP 200m, and Nazi EGP 40m (£10 million).

In their appeal, the three former government officials claim that the verdict of the fine is not related to the demands of those who filed the lawsuit, as it did not demand they compensate the state budget.

They also claim documents submitted against the defendants in the case contain no proof of financial damage inflicted against those who brought the suit.

The government’s actions on 28 January caused a 90% drop in data traffic to and from Egypt and left the majority of urban citizens without access to communication services, including mobile and internet. Landline was mostly unaffected.

On Saturday 8 October, the State Council administrative court adjourned its review of the case, known as the “cutting telecommunications” trial until 24 December, according to reports from the country.