Report: Mubarak's remand extended by 15 days

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
April 22, 2011 18:05

Former Egyptian president is being investigated in Sharm el-Sheikh for deadly crackdown of anti-regime protests, suspicions of corruption.

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Hosni Mubarak

Mubarak 311 Reuters. (photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah )

Egypt's state prosecutor extended the detention of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on Friday for an additional 15 days while he is being investigated for his deadly crackdown of anti-government protests and suspicions of corruption, the MENA news agency reported.

"The state prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmud decided to renew the detention of ex-president Hosni Mubarak for 15 days for questioning... effective when his last detention period expires," MENA reported.

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Mubarak remains under arrested while he is being treated for an unkown ailment at the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital.

According to the report, prosecutors traveled to the southern Sinai resort town to question the former Egyptian president.

Last Wednesday, Army sources said on 82-year-old Mubarak wanted to remain in hospital in the Red Sea city, where he took refuge after pro-democracy protests ousted him from power in February.

"Mubarak put in a request to the military council," an army source said, referring to the generals who took over from their former commander-in-chief. "He hopes they'll listen."

The former president could get his wish.

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He has enough sympathisers within the military council, headed by his former defence minister and confidant Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who would indulge a man they perceive as a war hero and see a public trial as a humiliation.

Mubarak was admitted to hospital with an unspecified illness the day the prosecutor ordered him detained for questioning on corruption and murder allegations. He denies wrongdoing.

Prosecuting Mubarak was one of the key demands of the protesters who swept him out of office, and who only stopped challenging the military authorities and staging demonstrations after he was ordered into detention.

The prosecutor has since detained Mubarak's former prime minister and disbanded his long-ruling National Democratic Party -- all steps aimed at showing Egyptians the military is not collaborating with the former administration.

The army rulers appear to be taking a softer line when it comes to Mubarak, although security sources say he will, eventually, face justice.

"Mubarak is gradually realising that he will face legal reckoning. There is no delay in moving the legal process forward. What is going on now is a process of allowing him to adapt to his fate," one security source said.

What ails Mubarak remains a mystery, as the army has refused to make any public comment about his health, a subject that was also taboo during his presidency.


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