The Illicit Gains Authority have launched an investigation into the wealth of notorious lawyer Farid El-Deeb, who is currently representing former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons.
It is believed that El-Deeb is worth millions. The investigation began after a complaint was filed by lawyer Ahmed Badawy against El-Deeb. Badawy also requested the examination of El-Deeb's assets and that of his family.
The complaint stated that El-Deeb used to work as a legal consultant to the state-owned Akhbar El-Youm Institution. During that time El-Deeb allegedly earned LE5 million in commission after he helped them sell land owned by the institution. According to the law, the commission was illegal because El-Deeb worked for Akhbar El-Youm.
Additionally, according to the report, El-Deeb has immense wealth in real estate as well as liquid assets and valuables, which does not befit the tax return he submitted. This, the complaint said, raises questions about his wealth.
El-Deeb is a notorious figure who is seen by many as a devil’s advocate after he opted to be the lawyer of ousted president Mubarak. El-Deeb has since made several controversial statements: he once claimed that Mubarak had an “honourable past” and supported the revolution that ousted him.