17 Apr 2011

Former ruling party dissolved by court

7:29 am on 17 April 2011

A court in Egypt has ordered the dissolution of the political party of former President Hosni Mubarak.

The court said the assets of the National Democratic Party should be confiscated and handed to the government.

The party was established by President Anwar Sadat in 1978 and governed Egypt for more than 30 years.

Mr Mubarak, 82, stood down on 11 February after a popular uprising against his rule, which began after Sadat's assassination in 1981.

The BBC reports he is under detention in hospital, awaiting questioning about accusations of corruption.

His two sons and a growing number of ministers and officials from his ruling era are also facing investigation.