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Mubarak sons probed on fraud charges

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 03:46:23 GMT
Egyptian prosecutors have started questioning the sons of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, Alaa and Gamal, over allegations of corruption and embezzlement.

The questioning began in Mubarak's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

On Sunday, Egypt's public prosecutor Abdel Magid Mahmud summoned Mubarak and his sons for questioning over corruption and the use of violence against peaceful protesters, who eventually succeeded in bringing an end to the president's 30 years of authoritarian rule.

Mubarak's younger son Gamal was the head of the higher political committee of the country's former ruling party and was believed to be the heir to his father's decades-long, iron-fisted rule.

Earlier, Mubarak was questioned by Egypt's Justice Minister Mohamed el-Guindy but reportedly suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

In an interview with the Saudi television, al-Arabiya, Mubarak had earlier said he was prepared to aid any probe into his family's assets outside Egypt, but threatened to sue his accusers.

Outrage at corruption among government officials was one of the incentives for the Egyptians to revolt against Mubarak's regime.

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