Panic-stricken Mubarak’s family flees Egypt

London, Jan 31: In the wake of the current unrest in the country, the panic-stricken family of President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly fled Egypt for the luxurious refuge of their 8.5 million pound London townhouse.

According to reports circulating in Britain's Egyptian community, President Mubarak, 82, and wife Suzanne, 69, are planning to head to their London townhouse.

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

Mubarak’s son Gamal, 47, has already arrived in Britain on a private jet with his own family and 97 pieces of luggage.

He owns the six-floor Georgian mansion a stone's throw from Harrods in Knightsbridge, West London, The Sun reports.

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

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

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

Lily was working as a nurse when she met and married Egyptian medical student Saleh Thabet in North London in 1934.
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