Farid al-Deeb, lawyer for the family of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, accused Assistant Minister of Justice of Egyptian Affairs, Assem al-Gohary – who also heads up the Egyptian judiciary committee to recover stolen funds from abroad – of disclosing privileged information concerning the sons of the former president. In a statement on Monday, al-Gohary announced that the sons of former President Hosni Mubarak had deposited an estimated 2 billion Egyptian pounds ($340 million) in Swiss bank accounts. Al-Gohary also claimed that the Swiss authorities were investigating whether Alaa Mubarak – along with other ex-regime figures – was involved with money laundering.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday, Farid al-Deeb said that the law pertaining to illegal earnings (in accordance with the Ministry of Justice) stipulates that nothing currently being investigated can be disclosed publicly, as this is considered privileged information. Al-Deeb stressed that al-Gohary information did not represent new information and stemmed from statements made by his clients during investigations with the illegal earnings authorities. Al-Deeb stressed that he did not know the motive behind this information being revealed at this time, and called upon newspapers which published al-Gohary statement to publish his reply.
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