11 Apr 2011

Mubarak denies accusations of corruption

6:13 am on 11 April 2011

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has made his first public statement since he was ousted two months ago, saying accusations of corruption against his family are unfounded.

Mr Mubarak, 82, resigned on 11 February after 18 days of anti-government protests.

He now lives at a villa in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he and his family are under house arrest.

They are banned from leaving the country and their assets are frozen. The ban also applies to Mr Mubarak's sons and their wives.

He said on Sunday that he has the right to defend his reputation against lies and denied having any assets in foreign countries.

In a recorded statement broadcast by Al Arabiya TV, Mr Mubarak said information sent to Egypt's public prosecutor would show that he owns no financial assets or real estate abroad.

Details of bank accounts owned by his sons Alaa and Gamal would disprove any suspicions of profiteering and illegal gains.

I will uphold all my legal rights to defend my reputation as well as that of my family both at home and abroad, he said.

I have been, and still am, pained by what I and my family are facing from fraudulent campaigns and unfounded allegations that seek to harm my reputation, my integrity and my military and political record.

He said he only had assets and bank accounts in one Egyptian bank, as he had previously disclosed.