A mural on the exterior wall of the presidential palace depicting deposed president Mohammed Morsi,
A mural on the exterior wall of the presidential palace depicting deposed president Mohammed Morsi, left, former military council ruler Hussein Tantawi, center and ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Photo by AP
Text size
related tags

An Egyptian court acquitted on Thursday the two sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and former premier Ahmed Shafiq, of corruption charges.

Shafiq, who served as prime minister under Egypt's former dictator, was accused of illegally selling state-owned land in 1995 to Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, at prices lower than the market value.

The younger Mubaraks appeared for the verdict session held at the makeshift courtroom in the Police Academy on the outskirts of Cairo. Shafiq, an ex-presidential contender, did not show up.

Also acquitted were four retired generals who served as board members of the association that sold the plot of land to Mubarak's sons, and which was led by Shafiq,

Shafiq fled to the United Arab Emirates in 2012 after losing the presidential election to Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak are facing a separate trial, along with their father, on other corruption charges.