Gamal Mubarak: Terrorist

Son of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak directly tied to terror attacks on Sharm el Sheikh on 23 July 2005, Kuwaiti paper reports.

Gabe Kahn. , | updated: 8:33 PM

Gamal Mubarak
Gamal Mubarak
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons

Son of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was directly involved in terror attacks on the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheikh on 23 July 2005, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, which cited classified documents. The attacks, coordinated bombings of a bazaar and two hotels, resulted in the deaths of 88 and injuring nearly 200. Most of the victims were Egyptians.

According to top-secret interior ministry documents, Gamal Mubarak and co-conspirator Habib El-Adli, Egypt's former Interior Minister, wanted to take revenge on businessman Hussein Salem for reducing their cut on on a 2.5 billion dollar contract to supply gas to Israel from 10 percent to 2.5 percent.

Gamal and El-Adli ordered the bombing of 3 compounds Salem owned in in Sharm Skeikh. In the case of bombing at the bazaar, the driver had to abandon his truck bomb in the bazaar en route to his target because of a police roadblock.

According to Al-Jarida the classified documents paint a startling picture in which El-Adli organised the bombings and paid the perpetrators who made the car bombs used in the attacks. In the wake of the blasts dozens of Bedouins from the Sinai were arrested, due to a message posted to a jihadist website signed by a group called Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which purported to be linked to Al-Qaeda.

Al-Adli went on trial in Egypt on 5 March for corruption and violence perpetrated by the country's security forces. The state security apparatus under El-Adli has been widely accused of committing a vast array of human rights abuses, including illegal detentions, torture and murder. If found guilty, El-Adli faces a maximum of seven years in prison and seizure of his assets.

If Al-Jarida's shocking allegations against him reach trial, the former minister could face a far harsher sentence if convicted.

Gamal Mubarak's whereabouts are unknown. Some reports claim he is with his father in Sharm El Sheikh. Other reports claim he fled the Egypt with his family aboard a private jet headed for London in January when violent unrest broke out in Egypt over his autocratic father's 30-year rule.

Last week, Algerian newspaper Ech Chourouk, citing unnamed sources, reported Gamal Mubarak had tried to commit suicide by drinking poisoned tea, as Egyptian authorities sought to retrieve millions of dollars deposited by the Mubarak family in banks around the world