The Egyptian government’s reconciliatory strategy with the Mubarak-era elite continues unabated in the run up to 2017. Most notably in 2016, Hussein Salem settled with the Illicit Gains Authority (IGA) in a deal which ceded 75% of his wealth in return for political pardon. Salem was tried in absentia in 2012 and 2014 on charges of corruption, embezzlement and obtaining illicit funds, after having fled to Spain. Up-to-date news on his case holds that the prosecution’s appeal on August 9th remains open, but a request was filed to Interpol on 29th of September 2016 to remove Salem’s name from the Wanted List as well as from Egypt’s airport watch lists (Ahram Online, 30.09.2016). His acquittal looks certain, but recouping his assets less so.

Since then, there have been other important acquittals ending lawsuits with notable members of Egypt’s previously influential elite. A brief examination of two cases considers whether settlements could lead to some form of political reintegration, and the rationale behind why such a scenario may occur.