Mubarak in 15-day detention pending corruption probe

15:29, April 13, 2011      

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Egyptian prosecutors said they have detained former president Hosni Mubarak, 82, for 15 days, to investigate accusations of corruption and abuse of power while he ruled the Arab country.

The general prosecutor's office announced Mubarak's detention, just hours after he was hospitalized with heart problems in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

A statement on Wednesday said the ongoing investigation was into allegations of corruption, the squandering of public funds, and the abuse of authority for personal gain.

"The prosecutor general orders the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa for 15 days pending investigation after the prosecutor general presented them with the current state of its ongoing investigations," it read.

An angry crowd of 2,000 people had gathered outside the hospital where Mubarak stayed on Tuesday, demanding the sons' arrest. As a police van with drawn curtains took away the two sons, the crowd pelted it with water bottles, stones and their flip-flops, a sign of disrespect in the Arab world.

Many of Mubarak's close associates were billionaires and held top positions in the ruling party and the government. There are allegations that they used their positions for personal gain.
On Sunday, Mubarak defended himself in a prerecorded message saying he had not abused his authority, and investigators were welcome to check over his assets.

By People's Daily Online
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