CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Ahmed Abdel Aziz, rejected Tuesday an appeal submitted by Alaa and Gamal Mubarak—the sons of former President Hosni Mubarak—of a 1 million EGP fine ($139,811) levied against them over illicit gains charges, Youm7 reported.
Security forces deployed heavily in the vicinity of the court in Abdeen district in anticipation of the arrival of the Mubarak brothers, but they were absent.
The same court upheld on June 27 a lower court verdict releasing the brothers in the illicit gains case, but still fined them 1 million EGP. Both were accused of profiteering using their father’s presidential influence.
The lower court verdict was issued on June 24, 2013.
Alaa and Gamal, along with their father and Egyptian-Spanish business tycoon Hussein Salem also face charges of exporting Egyptian gas to Israel at prices below international market rates in return for receiving luxury villas and palaces.
On May 21, a court sentenced Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison, and his sons to four after convicting them of embezzling 125 million EGP from funds for the renovation of presidential palaces.