Investigators request confidential accounts of Mubarak officials

Assem al-Gohary, chairman of the Illicit Gains Office (IGO), asked an Egyptian court Thursday to disclose the confidential accounts of four senior officials who were close to ousted President Hosni Mubarak as part of investigations into their wealth.

The list includes former People’s Assembly Speaker Fathi Sorour, former Shura Council Speaker Safwat al-Sherif, the president's chief of staff, Zakareya Azmi, and former Housing Minister Ibrahim Suleiman, al-Gohary said in a statement Thursday.

Al-Gohary said the IGO's preliminary investigations reported that the officials had used their offices to illicitly increase their wealth.

National political forces are preparing for a demonstration on Friday that will include calls for the officials, who are not being prosecuted by the attorney general, to face trial.

Al-Gohary called on the judicial system to ban the four men and their families from leaving the country until investigations are completed.

Some Egyptian activists allege that Sorour, al-Sherif, and Azmi played a prominent role in the destruction of political life in the country, the marginalization of the opposition, the continued repression of activists and the plundering of Egypt’s riches.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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