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Egypt extends Mubarak detention

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:54:06 GMT
Egypt's prosecutor extends the detention of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak for another 15 days, amid a probe into the crackdown on protesters which left hundreds dead.

"The state prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmud decided to renew the detention of ex-president Hosni Mubarak for 15 days for questioning... effective when his last detention period expires,” the official MENA news agency said Friday.

Mubarak is being held for an investigation into the crackdown on protesters during 18 days of anti-regime rallies that toppled him on February 11th.

The commission investigating the violence against the protesters says 846 demonstrators were killed.

Mubarak is also accused of corruption.

He is now under detention in a hospital in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

There have been conflicting reports about Mubarak's health and the reasons for his hospitalization.

However, Egyptian state media has confirmed that Mubarak's health is unstable.

The Mubarak family is facing allegations of corruption as well as the use of violence against protesters.

Egypt's judicial officials say the former dictator could be executed if found guilty of ordering the shooting of anti-government protesters.

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