Swiss freeze possible Mubarak assets

Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:31pm EST
 

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has frozen assets possibly belonging to Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down as president of Egypt Friday after 30 years of rule, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said.

"I can confirm that Switzerland has frozen possible assets of the former Egyptian president with immediate effect," spokesman Lars Knuchel said, declining to specify how much money was involved.

In recent years, Switzerland has worked hard to improve its image as a haven for ill-gotten assets and has also frozen assets belonging to Tunisia's former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali as well as those of Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo.

(Reporting by Catherine Bosley and Oliver Hirt; editing by David Stamp)

 
<p>Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (L) is escorted by Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali upon his arrival in Tunis in this October 30, 2002 file photo. REUTERS/Mohamed Hammi/Files</p>