Mubarak fined for January's mobile blackout

Former President fined for ordering blackout of mobile and web in January
Egypt cut mobile and internet services amid protests in January.
Egypt cut mobile and internet services amid protests in January.


Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, and two former officials, have been fined EGP540 million ($91 million), for cutting mobile and internet services amid January’s anti-government protests, according to a report from Reuters.

The administrative court fined Mubarak EGP200 million, former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif EGP40 million, and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli EGP300 million, the report added. The fines will be paid to the country’s treasury.

The judicial court ruled that the trio were guilty of "causing damage to the national economy".

Egypt shut down all mobile phone networks in a bid to stop the spread of dissent during protests in January. Analysts said at the time that the decision would be likely to cost millions of dollars worth of losses for the country's operators.

Egypt’s four main operators, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr and Mobinil were forced to shut down services in January 2011 amid unprecedented anti-government protests.

Angel Dobardziev, an analyst from Ovum, warned at the time that the outages could lead to “losses in the millions”.

In February, Vodafone Egypt also accused the Egyptian government of using its network to send out pro-government text messages to its subscribers without clear attribution.

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