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Mubaraks sons and former PM go on trial for illegal land purchase

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Egypt began on Sunday the trial of Gamal and Alaa, the sons of Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak, along with Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak’s last prime minister, over an illegal land purchase.

Mubarak’s sons and Shafik are accused of profiteering and wasting public funds.

Former PM and minister of Civil Aviation Shafik is accused of allocating a land owned by the Pilots’ Association to Mubarak’s sons at lowest price.

The 40,000 square-meter land, located in the Suez Canal governorate of Ismailia, was allegedly sold to Mubarak’s sons for 75 piasters (0.12 dollars) per meter instead of eight pounds (1.3 dollars). The two buyers did not submit an official purchase request as required by the association’s law.

General Nabil Shukri, former chair of the association, admitted that Shafik had forced him to facilitate selling the land to Gamal and Alaa, in addition to issuing a fake request. The request’s actual date was altered to year 1985, at a time when Shafik was not the chairman of the association. The documents presented at the court show that the request was officially stamped in 1991.

In addition to admitting to his own infringement, Shukri said neither Gamal nor Alaa had submitted any request to buy the land and that it was sold to them directly by Shafik.