Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Reuters TV / Reuters)
Egypt imposed a travel ban Monday on former president Hosni Mubarak and his
family while complaints about their wealth are being investigated.
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public prosecutor issued an order freezing the money and assets of Mubarak and
his family, following claims that they had acquired wealth through illegal
means, a spokesman for the prosecutor said.
A Cairo criminal court is set
to look into the case on March 5, the state news agency MENA said. The travel
ban follows the prosecutor’s February 21 decision to ask foreign governments to
freeze the overseas assets of Mubarak, who handed power to the army on February
11 and headed to the Red Sea resort of Sharm e- Sheikh with his
Meanwhile Monday, Iranian authorities reportedly arrested two
leading opposition figures, while protesters in Oman, Yemen and Bahrain
continued to rally to demand political reforms.
Authorities in Iran
detained opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, the
opposition website Kaleme said on Monday.
“Sources say they have been
arrested and transferred to Heshmatiyeh jail in Tehran,” Mousavi’s website
Judiciary officials were not immediately available for
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, an advocacy
group that has staff in the United States and Germany, said on Sunday that the
two leaders had been moved secretly from their homes, where they had been under
virtual house arrest for calling on supporters to protest against the
Mousavi and Karoubi had been forced to stay in their homes in
the capital for more than two weeks. Mousavi’s daughters said on Kaleme that
they had been prevented from approaching the house since February 14.
Oman on Monday, demonstrators blocked roads to a main port in the North of the
country and looted a nearby supermarket as part of protests demanding more jobs
and political reform, that have spread to the sultanate’s capital.
doctor said six people had been killed in clashes between stone-throwing
protesters and police on Sunday in the northern industrial town of Sohar. Oman’s
health minister said only one person had been killed and 20
Hundreds of protesters blocked access to an industrial area that
includes the port, a refinery and an aluminum factory. A port spokeswoman said
exports of refined oil products that typically amount to 160,000 barrels per day
from the port were unaffected.
“We want to see the benefit of our oil
wealth distributed evenly to the population,” one protester yelled over a
megaphone near the port.
“We want to see a scale-down of expatriates in
Oman so more jobs can be created for Omanis.”
Peaceful protests also
spread to other cities, with hundreds of people demonstrating outside a
government ministerial complex in Muscat and at another site in the
Meanwhile, Yemen’s opposition rejected the president’s offer of
a unity government on Monday, saying it would stand with the tens of thousands
of protesters demanding an end to his 32-year rule.
Abdullah Saleh, a US ally against al-Qaida’s Yemen-based wing, has been
struggling to quell daily protests that have swept across the impoverished
Arabian Peninsula state, leaving 24 people dead in the past two weeks.
Monday, demonstrators gathered across the country, from the capital Sanaa to
disparate regions where separatists or Shi’ite rebels hold sway, chanting
slogans such as “No dialogue, no dialogue.
You leaving is the only
option.” Violence increased against security forces in the South; local
officials said gunmen killed two soldiers in successive attacks, and a prison
riot killed one inmate and wounded two guards as four prisoners
In Bahrain, anti-government protesters blockaded the parliament
and massed outside the state broadcaster in efforts to escalate pressure on the
nation’s embattled monarchy after two weeks of nonstop marches and deadly
clashes, The Associated Press reported.
The demonstrations appear to be
part of a strategy to hold rallies at sensitive locations in the capital Manama
while maintaining a round-theclock protest base in a landmark square in the tiny
The parliament was targeted to coincide with a meeting
called by the 40-member upper chamber, which is appointed by Bahrain’s
The session was delayed by several hours when protesters formed a
human chain around the entrance.
From parliament, the marchers moved on
to the state TV headquarters, chanting slogans claiming that the reports on the
unrest sought to widen rifts between the Shi’ite-led protesters and the Sunni
dynasty that has ruled Bahrain for more than two centuries.