EU sanctions against Egypt extended

The European Union has extended restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Egypt. Among several individuals, the sanctioned parties include also former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, three of his sons and a daughter-in-law, who have been charged by the Egypt authorities in respect of the misappropriation of State Funds on the basis of the United Nations Convention against corruption.

In 2015, Mubarak’s sons challenged the EU’s powers to impose sanctions before the European Court of Justice. However, the Court held that the European Union, by cooperating with Egyptian authorities to have misappropriated assets returned, had the legal power to impose these measures and that they are not a disproportionate restriction on the appellants’ fundamental rights to respect for their property or on their freedom to conduct their business, and did not breach their rights of defense.