Gamal Mubarak "happy" with a European ruling on his family's money

Gamal, the son of the late Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, said he was "happy" with the ruling of the European Court of Justice, which confirmed that "the EU sanctions imposed on his family over the past ten years were illegal."

Gamal Mubarak added that "his family suffered severe damage to their reputation due to the European sanctions," noting that "his family received a large sum from the Council of the European Union as a refund of legal expenses as ordered by the European Court of Justice," and he expected to receive more money.

The British law firm Carter Rock, representing the Mubarak family's defense, said in a statement that the European Court of Justice "unequivocally recognized today that all the sanctions taken against members of the Mubarak family were unlawful from the start."

The funds and assets of the late President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, his widow Suzanne Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal and their wives Heidi Razek and Khadija El Gamal were frozen following the January 2011 revolution.

On Wednesday, the European Court of Justice issued a decision to unfreeze the assets and funds of Mubarak and his family. The court also obligated the European Union to pay the costs incurred by the family, and to request compensation for the damages caused to the family.

The European Court confirmed in its findings, "the illegality of the EU sanctions, which have already been fully lifted, and which had been imposed on Mubarak and his family."

The court made clear that the restrictive measures imposed by the Council of the European Union on the Mubarak family were illegal from the start, ending a decade-long legal battle.

It is noteworthy that the European Court of Justice ruled in December 2020 to cancel previous rulings and decisions to freeze the funds and assets of the family of the late Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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