Mubarak, Officials Fined for Egypt Phone-Link Cuts, MENA Says

Egypt’s administrative court imposed fines totaling 540 million Egyptian pounds ($90.7 million) on former officials including President Hosni Mubarak for cutting Internet and mobile-phone lines during an uprising in January, state-run Middle East News Agency said, citing court documents.

Mubarak must pay 200 million pounds, former Interior Minister Habib El-Adli 300 million pounds and former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif 40 million pounds to the government to compensate for economic harm caused by the communications disruptions, MENA said, citing the Cairo-based court.

Egyptian authorities ordered Internet connections shut down and mobile-phone services suspended on Jan. 28 following days of mass demonstrations calling for an end to Mubarak’s three decade-rule. Mobile-phone voice services, run by local units of Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), France Telecom SA (FTE) and Emirates Telecommunications Corp. were restored a day later, and Internet services were back in operation on Feb. 2.

Mubarak, who ceded power on Feb. 11 following 18 days of protests, faces accusations of killing demonstrators and abuse of public office. Egypt’s economy is still reeling from the effect of the uprising and may grow 2.6 percent in 12 months through June 2012 after expanding 3.6 percent this fiscal year, Finance Minister Samir Radwan said on May 19.

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