Egyptian businessman Salah Diab acquitted of unlicensed firearms charges

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Sep 2017

The co-founder of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper was arrested in 2015 alongside his son

Al-Masry Al-Youm founder Salah Diab (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Al-Masry Al-Youm founder Salah Diab (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A Giza criminal court has acquitted Salah Diab, a well-known businessman and the founder of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, and his son Tawfik Diab, of charges of possessing unlicensed firearms.

In November 2015 Diab and his son were arrested at his villa in Giza after security forces searched his house with a warrant from the prosecution.

In the same month, Diab was released on a EGP 50,000 bail and his son on a EGP 10,000.

Diab had faced a similar case of possessing unlicensed weapons and illegal assembly that dated back to 2011. He was acquitted on those charges in 2016.

In 2004, the businessman co-founded Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, currently Egypt's most-popular privately owned daily.

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