Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mubarak condemned for having suspended the Internet in January

Former President Hosni Mubarak and two other former Egyptian officials have been convicted, Saturday, May 28, a fine of 540 million Egyptian pounds (63.5 million euros) for having suspended the Internet and the mobile phone during demonstrations in January. The administrative court in Cairo sentenced Mr.

Mubarak to a fine of 200 million pounds, the former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to 40 million pounds and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly to 300 million pounds for injury to the national economy, a judicial source said. The three men can appeal. This is the first ruling against Mr.

Mubarak since he was overthrown Feb. 11. The old Rais has yet to respond to more serious charges, including ordering the killing of demonstrators, which is punishable by death. For political analyst Nabil Abdel Fattah, the ruling will be a "turning point" for "certain entities Egyptian still living in an authoritarian culture on the processing of communications services and the freedoms it offers." The four major Internet service providers have their services suspended almost simultaneously on Jan.

28, just days after the start of demonstrations against the Mubarak regime. Number of protest leaders were using the Web to coordinate gatherings, including appeals launching on Facebook. The three mobile phone operators for their Egyptian had been instructed to suspend their networks and follow to the letter the orders of power, had then reported the British giant Vodafone telephony.

The five days that followed led to the biggest blackout ever officially orchestrated, according to experts. In February, Vodafone had also accused the authorities to use its network to send messages to pro-government to its subscribers. The Minister of Communications and Technology, Magued Osman, said that his ministry intends to pay compensation to an estimated hundred million pounds to mobile operators for losses caused by the suspension of service, reports the 'official news agency MENA, adding that the amount was calculated by independent bodies.

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