Swiss still probing frozen Hosni Mubarak fortune

Switzerland's attorney general says his office is still probing whether the hundreds of millions of dollars of frozen funds belonging to ex-president Hosni Mubarak's family originated from criminal activities.

Swiss still probing frozen Hosni Mubarak fortune
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (centre) and his sons Gamal (left) and Alaa (right) are seen behind bars during their trial in 2013. Photo: AFP
Michael Lauber said on Saturday that investigations were underway to determine whether frozen assets worth 590 million Swiss francs ($589 million) were generated from “money laundering or from supporting and involvement in criminal organisations”.

Without naming Mubarak or his family members, Lauber told reporters at a press conference in Cairo that his office had looked into the accounts of 14 accused individuals since 2011.

He said his office had on Saturday filed about 30 requests for legal assistance with Egyptian authorities to establish the origins of the funds.

Lauber said that under Swiss law “a direct link has to be established to complete our criminal cases” and return the assets.

Egypt's top appeals court last week upheld a three-year prison sentence for Mubarak and his two sons for corruption.

It was not clear, however, how long Mubarak would remain in detention. Both of his sons were set free in October with time served taken into account.

Mubarak has spent most of his time in a military hospital since his arrest in 2011, months after his ouster in a popular uprising.

In May, a court sentenced him and his sons to three years for having embezzled 125 million Egyptian pounds ($16 million) from funds meant for the maintenance of presidential palaces.

They were fined that same amount and an extra 21 million Egyptian pounds.

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