Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak 311 Reu.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile)
CAIRO - Former
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was taken to hospital on Tuesday after
suffering a "heart crisis" when he was being questioned during an
investigation, state television reported.Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 82,
entered the hospital on Tuesday, a judicial source and the website of a
state newspaper reported, two days after he was summoned to take part in
a probe by the public prosecutor.
It did not give further details about the 82-year-old's health or about the investigation.
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Egypt's public prosecutor
summoned Mubarak, ousted from power on Feb. 11 after 30 years in office,
on Sunday as part of investigations into the killing of protesters and
embezzlement of public funds. Mubarak has denied allegations of
"The former president Hosni Mubarak entered ... Sharm el-Sheikh hospital," the website of the state-owned publisher of Al Ahram
newspaper said. It said the president may not have to travel to Cairo
to attend the investigation because of his admittance to hospital. A
judicial source confirmed Mubarak had entered hospital.
Tuesday, Egyptian Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy said Mubarak
would give testimony on accusations directed against him at a court on
the eastern outskirts of Cairo, Al-Ahram reported, without saying when he would appear or what the accusations were.
Essawy said he did not know what Mubarak's reply to the summons had been, the newspaper said on Tuesday.
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Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal have also been summoned for questioning.
Several countries froze assets of Mubarak's family and some of their
associates after he was forced from office by a wave of public
indignation at corruption among the political elite.
Mubarak has been staying at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm
el-Sheikh since he was toppled from power on Feb. 11, and he and his
family have been banned from travelling while state prosecutors
investigate complaints against them.
Justice Minister Mahmoud al-Guindy said an Egyptian delegation would
travel to a number of foreign countries within days seeking to make an
inventory of Mubarak's assets abroad, al-Ahram said.
The minister said Mubarak had agreed to provide to investigators a power of attorney over his bank accounts and assets.
Police move in to clear out Tahrir Square
Also in Egypt, soldiers and police moved into Cairo's main square on
Tuesday to end a five-day sit-in by protesters demanding civilian rule
and swifter prosecution of disgraced former officials.
photographer saw hundreds of soldiers in the middle of Tahrir Square and
military vehicles at every entrance to the normally busy thoroughfare,
which the demonstrators had closed to traffic using barbed wire.
Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram was
reporting Tuesday that normal vehicle traffic had returned to Cairo's
central square to "great applause and cheers by people standing nearby."
of thousands massed in Tahrir Square on Friday in one of the biggest
protests since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted. The army failed to
disperse hundreds of protesters who remained in the square in the early
hours of Saturday.
Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report
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