Hosni Mubarak, Sons Detained

Mubarak expected to remain in hospital for the duration
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2011 6:09 AM CDT
An Egyptian family protest with national flags Wednesday April 13, 2011, in front of Sharm El Sheikh hospital where former President Hosni Mubarak, 82, was hospitalized with heart problems.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – Despite the "heart crisis" he suffered during questioning yesterday, Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak was detained last night along with his two sons. The prosecutor general's office ordered Mubarak and sons Gamal and Alaa held for 15 days as authorities investigate charges of corruption and abuse. According to the Guardian, Mubarak's "heart crisis" was reportedly a heart attack; he is expected to stay in the hospital for the entirety of his detention.

Mubarak and his sons had been summoned to court over the weekend to answer to charges that they abused power, illegally acquired wealth, and squandered public funds during Mubarak's reign. Younger son Gamal, a top official in the ruling party, had been seen as a potential successor to his father. As he and Alaa were questioned, a throng of 2,000 gathered to demand their arrest; as the brothers were driven away in a police van, the crowd threw water bottles, stones, and shoes at it.

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