Mubarak's cronies finally face the knife in Egypt
The Illicit Gains Authority is laying charges against former Mubarak-era officials Ibrahim Kamel and Mohamed Abou el-Enein.
It was a brief reprieve for some of the 24 former regime figures who were acquitted on 10 October for responsibility in the bloody attack on protestors in Tahrir Square last February known as the Battle of the Camel.
Though they were acquitted by a criminal court last Wednesday, Kamel and Abou el-Enein join former People’s Assembly speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour in being investigated by the Ministry of Justice’s Illicit Gains Authority.
A representative from the Illicit Gains Authority stated, “all charges are confidential until they are presented before the agency itself,” and added, “there is no relation to the timing of the camel trial.”
Ibrahim Kamel is a businessman and former member of the general secretariat of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP). He heads KATO Investment which has holdings in industries as diverse as banking, cotton, insurance and fertiliser.
Mohamed Abou el-Enein is also a businessman and former member of the NDP, at one time serving as its secretary general. He is the owner of the infamous Cleopatra Ceramics, against which protests have been held throughout this year. He is also the chairman of Group Cleopatra, an industry titan with holdings in television, hotels and real estate.
A dozen lawyers were contacted and said they either knew nothing of the trial or could not comment. Yahia Al-Gamal, who is a lawyer but also spent a brief period of time as deputy prime minister, said, “the interrogations are still ongoing, so it can’t really be talked about.”
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