Mubarak`s family flees to London

The panic-stricken family of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly fled Egypt for the luxurious refuge of their 8.5 million pound townhouse in London, a media report said.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 23:51 PM IST

London: The panic-stricken family of
ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly fled
Egypt for the luxurious refuge of their 8.5 million pound
townhouse in London, a media report said on Thursday.

The leader`s son Gamal, 47, is said to have
spearheaded the move, flying to Britain on a private jet with
his own family and 97 pieces of luggage, The Sun, a tabloid,
reported.

He owns a six-floor Georgian mansion, a stone`s throw
from Harrods in Knightsbridge, West London.

According to rumours sweeping Britain`s Egyptian
community, the 82-year-old President and his wife Suzanne, 69,
are also planning to head to the ritzy five-bed haven.

Egyptian baggage handlers at Heathrow are even said to
have already spotted the First Lady arriving at the airport.

Mubarak is said to have amassed a 25 billion pound
fortune for his family since grabbing power in 1981, the
report said.

Suzanne, Gamal and older son Alaa, 49, have become
symbols of excess and corruption in Egypt.

Half-Welsh Suzanne has even been nicknamed Marie
Antoinette after the opulence-loving Queen who lost her head
in the French Revolution.

The fashion-loving First Lady holds a British passport
because mum Lily May Palmer was a Brit - whose dad was a miner
who went on to manage a colliery in Pontypridd.

Lily was working as a nurse when she met and married
Egyptian medical student Saleh Thabet in North London in 1934.
They then moved back to his country where Suzanne was
born in 1941.

PTI