Salah Diab acquitted on firearms charges
PICO Group founder Salah Diab was acquitted on Sunday of charges he illegally possessed firearms and attended an illegal gathering, Al Masry Al Youm reports. Diab, founder of both PICO group and the high-profile daily Al Masry Al Youm, and his son Tawfik Diab were arrested last November in a raid on their houses in which police allegedly seized firearms that the defendants maintained they were licensed to own. The arrests unleashed a wave of support for the Diabs in the business community and set off waves of unease that prompted President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to release a statement reassuring business leaders. Local media outlets seemed transfixed on a fight that broke out at the reading of the verdict after three others were convicted of the same charges.