Egyptian antiquities graduates protest in demand of employment opportunities in front of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Thousands of Egyptian state employees protested Monday in Cairo to demand better pay and conditions in a wave of labor unrest unleashed by the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
Mesir meminta Kesatuan Eropah membekukan aset Mubarak
Egypt asks EU to freeze Mubarak assets
The Egyptian government has asked Germany, UK and France to freeze the assets of its former officials as EU discussed the issue in a meeting in Brussels.
Ahead of the meeting, the head of the eurozone area, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Monday that he wanted the region to follow Switzerland’s lead in freezing assets held by Mubarak, a Press TV correspondent reported.
British Foreign Minister William Hague said the UK would conform with the request and take “firm and prompt action” to see if there was any evidence of misuse of state assets.
“We have… received a request from the Egyptian government to freeze the assets of several former Egyptian officials,” Hague told parliament.
Germany later said it too had received a request from Egyptian authorities for the financial assets of former government members and lawmakers to be frozen.
A spokesman for the German foreign ministry said it was examining the request.
And in Paris, Bernard Valero, the French foreign ministry spokesman, said Cairo also asked France to freeze the assets of former Egyptian regime officials but not those of deposed president Hosni Mubarak and his family.
“The Egyptian authorities have asked us to freeze the assets of former Egyptian officials,” Valero said.
“Rumors say that assets of Mubarak’s family is something between $5 billion to $70 billion … This money belongs to our nation to build and do what we want us as a nation,” a British-Egyptian democracy campaigner Amira Ghazalla told Press TV.
“Rumor mengatakan bahawa aset keluarga Mubarak adalah di antara $ 5 bilion – $ 70 bilion.. Wang ini adalah milik bangsa kita untuk membina dan melakukan apa yang kita inginkan untuk bangsa kita”
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