Mubarak fined for cutting internet and phones

Former president and two other former officials fined by Egyptian court for cutting communications.

    Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak and two other former officials fined by Egyptian court [Getty]

    An Egyptian court has fined ousted president Hosni Mubarak and former officials more than $90m for cutting off access to internet and mobile phone services during the country's massive protests in January.

    A court source told the Reuters news agency on Saturday that Mubarak's fine is $34m, former interior minister Habib al-Adly will owe $53m, and former prime minister Ahmed Nazif has a fine of $7m.

    The amounts relate to compensation for lost revenue as a result of the decision to cut off access for five days starting on January 28, said the source.

    The fine is to be paid from personal assets, and the state has the right to increase the amount over the year if damages continue to rise.

    This was the first court ruling against Mubarak since he was ousted on February 11.

    Mubarak faces far more serious charges, including ordering the killing of protesters, a charge which could carry the death penalty.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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