Egyptian military: Mubarak under house arrest in Sharm

Statement marks first mention of house arrest by ruling military council; denies former president, family have left Egypt; are still in Sinai.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
March 29, 2011 09:02
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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak 311 Reu. (photo credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family have been placed under house arrest in his Sharm e-Sheikh home, Egypt's ruling military council said Monday in a brief statement.

"There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi Arabia," the statement said. "He is under house arrest, with his family, in Egypt."

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There had been no previous reference by the military council to Mubarak being under house arrest.

Last week, Egyptian newspaper reports said that a committee set up to investigate violence during demonstrations that toppled the regime had laid charges against the former president and interior minister for intentional murder of protesters.

The fact-finding committee submitted its charges to the Public Prosecutor's office, saying Mubarak as the head of the government was criminally responsible for the death of the protesters, Al Ahram state newspaper said last Wednesday.

The former Egyptian interior minister Habib al-Adli, who is also already facing trial for wasting public funds and money laundry, is accused of ordering police to open fire at demonstrators, the newspaper said.

Egypt has already arrested and is investigating high-ranking police officers for ordering the killing of demonstrators during the uprising against Mubarak.

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