Mubarak gets fined for Egyptian Internet outage

An administrative court in Egypt fined former President Hosni Mubarak, along with two other former officials, 540 million Egyptian pounds (£55 million) today for creating an Internet outage throughout the country during protests against his regime back at the beginning of the year.

Back on January 25, Egyptians began a civil resistance, in which was mostly organised via Facebook and Twitter, which led to President Hosni Mubarak's ousting. Mubarak originally blocked social networks and cellular devices, but it didn't help, so he cut off Internet access to everyone in Egypt.

A judge said that the Egyptian administrative court fined Mubarak EGP 200 million, while charging former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif 40 million pounds, and Egypt's Interior Minister Habib al-Adli 300 million pounds.

The court found Mabarak and his staff guilty of "causing damage to the national economy", and the 540 million pounds will go to the Egyptian treasury. While al-Adli had already been sentenced to twelve years earlier this year for profiteering and money laundering, this marks the first ruling against Mabarak since he was removed from office in Feburary.