The film’s impact was felt across the global and Egyptian media
جهازك لا يدعم تشغيل الفيديو

Egypt’s Stolen Billions

Egypt’s Stolen Billions is a BBC Arabic investigative documentary that exposes the incompetence of the British Government in identifying Mubarak’s assets hidden in the UK. Reports that President Hosni Mubarak and his inner circle stole tens of billions of dollars helped fuel the revolution which overthrew him on 11 February last year. Three days later, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament the UK would co-operate with an Egyptian government request to freeze the assets of several former officials. But it was a further 37 days before Britain and other EU states applied the sanctions - a period when Egypt says the accused officials were able to move their money elsewhere. About £85m ($135m) of assets belonging to Mr Mubarak, his wife, two sons, and 15 other Egyptians have now been frozen in the UK. The film’s impact was felt across the global and Egyptian media and on the streets of Egypt, with numerous public demonstrations calling for the British Ambassador’s resignation. Syndicated by over 50 foreign media networks, the story reached the UN General Assembly where David Cameron announced the creation of a new UK Asset Recovery Taskforce for Egypt and the Arab Spring countries. Egyptian officials accuse the UK of hiding stolen wealth and breaching international anti-corruption accords.