Egypt Sawiris tycoons banned from travel

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FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2012 file photo, Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's state news agency, MEAN, announced Sunday that the retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak on charges related to the killings of protesters during the uprising against him will begin April 13. MEAN said Sunday six security officials will also be tried and that Mubarak's two sons and a business associate will be retried on corruption charges. (AP Photo, File)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says two of the country's biggest tycoons have been banned from traveling abroad after the country's finance minister requested a criminal case be expedited against them for alleged tax evasion.

MENA news agency reported Sunday that the country's prosecutor has ordered the travel ban for Onsi Sawiris and his son, Nassef. The family manages Orascom Construction Industries, one of the largest employers in the Middle East.

The company allegedly failed to pay roughly $2 billion in taxes from profits on its sale of Orascom Building to France's Lafarge.

Forbes' 2012 list of the 40 richest Africans living in Africa says Nassef Sawiris has a net worth of $5.5 billion.

It was not immediately known if they were in Egypt when the travel ban was issued.