Egypt: Mubarak and sons detained for investigation

Mubarak reportedly airlifted from Sharm el-Sheikh hospital where Mubarak was treated for 'heart crisis' suffered during probe.

By REUTERS
April 13, 2011 09:21
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Hosni Mubarak

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

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered that former president Hosni Mubarak be detained for 15 days for investigation, state-owned Nile television said on Wednesday. According to Al-Jazeera, Mubarak was airlifted out of the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital Wednesday where he was being treated to Cairo.

The report came a day after Mubarak was questioned about allegations of killings of protesters and corruption.

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Mubarak's two sons were also being detained for 15 days in the investigation, according to the report.

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak had been summoned by state prosecutors probing accusations of embezzlement. Their father has said details of their bank accounts will disprove suspicions of profiteering and illegal gains.

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On Tuesday, Mubarak was taken to the hospital after suffering a "heart crisis" when he was being questioned, state television reported.

It did not give further details about the 82-year-old's health or about the investigation.

Egypt's public prosecutor summoned Mubarak, ousted from power on Feb. 11 after 30 years in office, on Sunday. Mubarak has denied allegations of wrongdoing.

"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.

Earlier 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.



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.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report
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