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Mubarak fined $34M for cutting Egypt's Internet, phones

A court fines former dictator Hosni Mubarak and former officials for cutting off Egypt's Internet and phone service.

A court fined Egypt's former dictator Hosni Mubarak and former officials more than $90 million for cutting off the country's Internet and phone services during the revolution in January and thereby damaging the economy.

The court, which found the officials guilty of "causing damages to the national economy," is fining Mubarak $34 million, former interior minister Habib al-Adly $53 million and former prime minister Ahmed Nazif $7 million, Al Jazeera reports.

The officials cut off Internet and phone service for five days beginning on January 28 and thereby cost the country's economy approximately $90 million, it states.

The revolution in Egypt forced Mubarak to step down in February.

This is the first court ruling against Mubarak since he was ousted. He also faces charges related to the killing of protesters, which could carry the death penalty, the Telegraph reports.

The 18 days of protest that toppled the government left more than 800 dead and 6,000 injured.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/110528/mubarak-fined-34m-cutting-egypts-internet-phones