Egyptian court orders arrest of toppled strongman Mubarak's two sons over stock market manipulation

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In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated center left, and his two sons, Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak attend a hearing in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo)
In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated center left, and his two sons, Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak attend a hearing in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo)

An Egyptian criminal court ordered the arrest of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's two sons on charges of stock market manipulation, state news agency MENA reported Saturday.

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, with seven other businessmen, are accused of violating stock market and central bank rules to make unlawful profits through dealing in shares of Al Watany Bank of Egypt.

They deny any wrongdoing.

Three other men including Yasser El Mallawany and Hassan Heikal, current and former board members respectively at Egyptian investment bank EFG-Hermes, were also arrested, a judicial source said.

All those accused in the case, which began in 2012, had been released on bail and barred from travel.

The suspects are accused of making $140 million profit from the unlawful sale.

Mubarak's eldest son, Alaa, is a businessman. Gamal, a former banker, was widely viewed as being groomed for Egypt's top job until Mubarak was toppled in February 2011.

The pair had been free since 2015, when they were released in a case on embezzlement of $16 million in funds for the Presidential Palace.

The court's next session is set for Oct. 20.
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