MADRID -- Two mansions in Madrid, five luxury cars and seven seaside Mediterranean properties linked to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have been seized by Spanish police.
In all, Spain has frozen more than $36.5 million in assets believed to belong to Mubarak, the autocratic leader ousted by public protests in February 2011. The seizure followed a request from the new Egyptian government, which is seeking to recoup assets from Mubarak and 130 people associated with his regime.
Spanish police announced their move against the alleged Mubarak assets Thursday but did not say when the operation took place, nor when Cairo issued its request.
Mubarak's alleged holdings in Spain included two houses in a wealthy Madrid suburb, La Moraleja, home to golf courses and high-level diplomats and politicians. The two mansions together were valued at more than $9 million. A beachfront property in Marbella on the Mediterranean coast, along with six other properties in the same city and five luxury cars, were also seized, totaling almost $4 million. An additional nearly $24 million in investments held in Spanish banks was frozen.