Egypt court fines Mubarak, two ex-ministers $90 mn

Cairo, May 28: An Egyptian court Saturday ordered a fine of 540 million Egyptian pounds ($90 million) on former president Hosni Mubarak and two ministers for damaging the economy by cutting off mobile and internet services during the anti-regime protests, state media reported.

The Administrative Court of State Council ordered Mubarak to pay 200 million Egyptian pounds to the state treasury, former prime minister Ahmed Nazif 40 million Egyptian pounds and former interior minister Habib el-Adli 300 million Egyptian pounds, said state news agency MENA.

This was the first court conviction against Mubarak since he was forced to step down Feb 11 after the 18-day protests.

The fine would be taken from their own assets and will be in compensation for the damages they caused to the economy when they ordered a shutdown of the mobile and internet services during the nationwide demonstration which erupted Jan 25.

Mubarak shut down internet and blocked mobile phone services Jan 28 in a bid to prevent activists from using social network services like Twitter and Facebook to organise the protests.

Mubarak faces more accusations, including ordering shooting of peaceful protesters and corruption charges. He is under custody at a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh.

IANS