Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted

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Shafiq’s lawyer, Yehya Kadri, told the private Al-Hayat TV channel that the former prime minister intended to return home but did not say whether he would seek office.

A statement by the court said Mubarak’s sons, Shafiq and other defendants had committed only a minor “financial irregularity,” and “administrative violation” that are not criminal. It also said that Alaa and Gamal Mubarak have given back the plot. It did not say whether the two could face any other penalties.

Morsi was toppled in a popularly backed military coup on July 3 and is on trial for inciting murder while awaiting a separate trial on charges of conspiring with foreign militant groups. Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his rule. He was acquitted on appeal and is now being retried.

The airport officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

The activist still being held by police following the raid on the offices of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights is Mohammed Adel of the April 6 group, one of several youth movements that led the 2011 uprising.

Lawyer Gamal Eid said Adel and the five others from the center were seized along with computers during the raid. The five were released after being taken to a police station.

Eid said security officers pushed a gun inside the mouth of one of the five to silence him during detention, while beating another.

Bilal, the lawyer who recounted the raid and arrests in the news conference, said the six had been initially taken to an unknown location where they were lined up facing a wall. Every time one of them asked a question, asked to be taken to the toilet or protested the arrest, he was hit and insulted.

The tactics as described by Eid and Bilal evoke the Mubarak-era police brutality consistently cited as a main reason for the 2011 popular uprising.

A statement by 14 Egyptians rights groups denounced the raid, saying it pointed to a “new chapter of repression, dictatorship and autocracy in Egypt.”


Associated Press writer Maggie Michael contributed to this report.

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