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EU court rejects Mubarak bid to end European sanctions

Wednesday 12/December/2018 - 04:48 PM
Sada El Balad
Mohamed Emad

An EU court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak to lift a freeze on his assets in Europe that followed his ouster in the 2011 revolution.

European Union member countries imposed the sanctions on Mubarak and his family in March 2011 based on lawsuits filed against them in Egypt for alleged embezzlement of state funds، according to Al-Ahram.

After those countries -- grouped in the European Council -- renewed the sanctions in 2017 and 2018، Mubarak asked the EU's General Court to annul them.

"In today's judgment، the General Court dismisses the action and upholds the Council's 2017 and 2018 decisions to renew the freezing of assets،" the Luxembourg-based court said.

"The renewal decisions form part of a policy of support for the Egyptian authorities that is based، in particular، on objectives of consolidation of and support for democracy، the rule of law، human rights and the principles of international law،" the court said.

The European "decisions can be regarded as falling within the common foreign and security policy of the EU،" it said.

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