Egypt freezes assets of three former Mubarak aides

CAIRO - Egypt's army rulers froze assets belonging to three former aides of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, meeting a demand of reformers seeking tough action against figures of the past administration.
The decision on Monday applies to Fathi Sorour, the former speaker of the lower house of parliament, Safwat el-Sherif, a senior member of the one-time ruling party and head of the upper house of parliament, and Zakaria Azmi, one of Mubarak's senior aides, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported on Monday.
Essam el-Gawahri, a senior justice ministry official who heads a committee in charge of uncovering ill-gotten gains, last week banned the three from leaving Egypt after investigations showed they had amassed large amounts of wealth.