Mubarak Fined $34M for Cutting Internet
He put Egypt's protesters offline temporarily in January
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2011 11:20 AM CDT
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been fined for shutting off his nation's Internet.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

(Newser) – He faces far more serious charges, but this is a start: Hosni Mubarak has been fined $34 million for blocking Egypt's nation's Internet and mobile phone networks during protests in January, reports the BBC. Two other former high-ranking officials got hit with similar fines. The unprecedented action by Egypt's administrative court is the first legal ruling against the imprisoned former leader. He could get the death penalty if convicted of ordering the killing of protesters.