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Mubarak detained as Egypt builds case against him

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Mubarak detained as Egypt builds case against him


Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered the detention of former president Hosni Mubarak as the state prepares to investigate the killing of protesters, the theft of public funds and abuse of power during his 30-year rule.

The 82-year-old is currently in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh where he is undergoing treatment for what state media call a “heart crisis.”

Mubarak fell ill while being questioned by prosecutors and his condition is described as “unstable.” His sons Alaa and Gamal are also in custody. It is believed the pair are in prison on the outskirts of Cairo, along with ex-ministers and officials also under investigation.

Dr Mahmod Metwali is a Cairo resident. “He is a symbol of corruption, he should be tried. This is the justice for those who used the Egyptian people,” he says.

Mubarak was forced out of office on February 11 in a popular uprising. Official figures show 360 people died during the protests although others claim as many as 800 lost their lives.

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