The two sons of Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak will face charges in a criminal court of alleged stock market manipulation, state television reported on Wednesday, three days before a court was due to issue a verdict in a separate trial for their role in alleged corruption.
The official Nile Television reported that Alaa and Gamal Mubarak will go on trial in a criminal court with seven other defendants. They and their father are facing a verdict on June 2 on corruption charges in the first trial.
The ex-president, who was toppled in an early 2011 revolt, also faces murder charges with seven security commanders for killings of protesters during the 18-day uprising that ended his 30-decade rule.
The official MENA news agency reported that the charges stem from the sale the Al Watany Bank of Egypt, without providing further details.
Gamal, 48, headed a powerful policy committee in the ruling party under his father and was widely seen as the heir apparent, a perception that helped fuel the uprising.
Alaa, the older son, stayed out of politics but was rumored to have amassed a fortune using his father’s connections. They are currently on trial for allegedly accepting villas as a bribe.
The Mubarak sons are in a Cairo jail awaiting the outcome of the trial on June 2, with their 84-year-old father detained in a military hospital where he receives treatment for a heart condition.
Mubarak, his interior minister Habib al-Adly and five police commanders are also accused of ordering the deaths of some of the estimated 850 protesters killed during the uprising that forced him to resign on February 11.
The verdict will come at a sensitive time as Mubarak’s last premier, Ahmed Shafiq battles the Islamist Mohammed Mursi in a suspenseful presidential election run off scheduled for June 16-17.
The prosecution’s case against the Mubaraks has been accused by critics of relying on patchwork evidence