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CAIRO - The wife of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak relinquished some of her assets to the state on Monday, days after anti-corruption authorities ordered her detention.
An anti-corruption agency ordered on Friday that the former first lady Suzanne Mubarak be detained for 15 days to investigate charges she abused her husband's influence for unlawful personal gain. The couple deny the charges.
Suzanne Mubarak returned a Cairo villa and gave authorities the power of attorney to withdraw up to 20 million Egyptian pounds ($3.4 million), which authorities said she held, from two bank accounts, MENA said.
An archiving official in South Sinai, Mohamed Ahmed Hamed, told Reuters
Suzanne Mubarak signed documents on Monday where she gave up her assets
to the state.
Other judicial sources had earlier said her defense team would be
signing the documents this week in an apparent attempt to avoid
Earlier on Monday, al-Ahram
newspaper said doctors failed to complete a heart test on the former
first lady, potentially prolonging her stay in a hospital after
suffering symptoms of a heart attack. The newspaper reported that
Suzanne Mubarak's doctor told authorities that she could not yet be
transferred to prison.
Hosni Mubarak, who led Egypt for three decades before he was ousted on
Feb. 11 in a popular uprising, also suffered heart problems last month,
which means neither can be transferred to prison as demanded by state
Some media reports have suggested their family's fortune may total billions of dollars.
The conspicuous wealth of senior officials was a major popular grievance
in a country where around 40 percent of people live on less than $2 per
Recent investigations show, for example, that the former Egyptian
interior minister Habib el-Adly had enormous wealth, including nine
villas of 70 acres, 13 plots of land near Cairo and Ismailiya, a farm in
Wadi Natroun in the North of the country as well as other farms near
Ismailiya and the Red Sear resort Ein Sokhna, ten acres in the Fayoum
area towards the center of the country, four apartments in the upscale
Cairo neighborhoods Zamalek and Mohandeseen, as well as other properties
and villas in and around Alexandria and along the Cairo-Alexandria
On Friday, Mubarak was interrogated about his ownership of a Sharm
el-Sheikh villa estimated to be worth more than 36 million pounds and
about alleged personal use of a bank account owned by the Library of
Alexandria, according to state media.