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Mubarak, sons detained for two weeks

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 04:10:12 GMT
Ailing deposed 82-year-old Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have reportedly been arrested and placed in detention for 15 days.

Egypt's top prosecutor, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, authorized the detentions "as part of an inquiry into the use of force against protesters during the unrest in January and February,” AFP reported Wednesday.

Mubarak's arrest was announced shortly after state media reported his two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, had been detained over accusations of embezzlement of public funds.

They are also accused to have ordered the use of fire against demonstrators during anti-government protests, which finally drove Mubarak from power.

Almost 800 people died during the Egyptian revolution, according to AFP.

On Tuesday, Mubarak was hospitalized in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh soon after he suffered a heart attack during an investigation by Egypt's Justice Minister Mohamed el-Guindy.

In an interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel, Mubarak had said he was prepared to aid any probe into his family's assets outside Egypt, but threatened to sue his accusers.

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.

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

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