The two sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have $340 million in Swiss bank accounts, Egypt's deputy justice minister said on Monday.

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Mubarak sons have Swiss bank millions

The two sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have $340 million in Swiss bank accounts, Egypt's deputy justice minister said on Monday.

The lion’s share – $300 million – was held by Mubarak‘s elder son Alaa, a businessman who kept out of politics, said Assem al- Gohari, who heads the Illicit Gains Authority.

The balance was held by his younger son Gamal, a leading former ruling party politician who had widely been seen as his father’s heir apparent.

Both sons are in custody in a Cairo prison as they stand trial on an array of charges, including corruption.

The assets of Mubarak‘s two sons make up the great majority of the $460 million in Egyptian funds frozen by the Swiss government since the veteran strongman’s overthrow in February, the official MENA news agency quoted Gohari as saying.

Switzerland vowed last Wednesday to expedite the return of funds once held by members of the Mubarak regime and that of ousted Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

“Switzerland is the seventh financial centre in the world. It is the first in terms of restitution of funds stolen by dictators,” said the foreign ministry’s head of the international public law department Valentin, Zellweger, quoted by the ATS news agency.

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UN rights chief alarmed over Egypt clashes

The United Nations human rights chief in Geneva voiced deep concern on Tuesday over the killing of at least 20 people in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Egypt in recent days.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: worried by Egypt developments. Photo: UNHRC

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he was "deeply disturbed" by the deaths in clashes that have raged in Egypt since Friday.
   
He demanded in a statement that Cairo "take urgent measures to bring an end to the excessive use of force by security personnel."
   
Zeid's comments came after 20 people were killed Sunday when protesters clashed with security forces after Islamists called for rallies against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government as Egypt marked the fourth anniversary of the toppling of ex-strongman Hosni Mubarak.
   
Supporters of Mubarak's successor, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, have regularly clashed with security forces since he was ousted by then army chief Sisi in July 2013.
   
Sunday's death toll marked the highest for a single day since Sisi came to office after a landslide election victory last May.
   
"Hundreds of people have died during protests against successive governments since January 2011, and there has been very little in the way of accountability," Zeid said.
   
"The lack of justice for past excesses by security forces simply encourages them to continue on the same path," he warned, pointing out that this was "leading to more deaths and injuries, as we have seen in recent days."
   
The statement said that the death of a leading female activist, Shaimaa Al Sabagh, was caught "on video and in photographs posted on the Internet after she had apparently been shot from behind during a peaceful protest in central Cairo."
   
At least 97 people had also reportedly been injured in clashes in a range of cities, including Cairo, the statement said.
   
"I have in the past urged the Egyptian authorities to take urgent measures to ensure that any excessive use of force by security personnel is promptly investigated, alleged perpetrators are put on trial and victims have access to
justice and compensation," Zeid said.
   
He also decried numerous arrests over the weekend.
   
More than 500 backers of Egypt's blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood were also arrested, in the biggest police sweep targeting Morsi's supporters in a single day since Sisi came to power.
   
"All those who have been detained for protesting peacefully must be released," Zeid said, insisting that the long-term stability of Egypt is only possible if fundamental human rights are respected."
   
"Otherwise people's grievances will fester and feelings of injustice will grow, creating fertile ground for further social and political unrest," he warned.