Daily Israel Report

Mubarak Detained For 15 Days for Further Questioning

Hosni Mubarak is being incarcerated in a military hospital for further questioning about corruption and protest deaths earlier this year.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 4/14/2011, 5:59 PM / Last Update: 4/14/2011, 8:52 PM

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ordered detained for fifteen days on Wednesday, Egypt Daily News reports.

The incarceration order comes as Egypt's ruling junta conducts a probe into Mubarak's Presidency. Egypt’s Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud had summoned and questioned Mubarak, 82, over the killing of protesters, embezzling of public funds and abuse of power.

More than 380 protesters were killed in the 18-day revolution that led to Mubarak's downfall. Egyptians continued to protest even after his ouster on February 11 demanding that his regime be held accountable for corruption.

Mubarak reportedly suffered a heart attack during questioning in Sharm Al Sheikh. The former president spent the night in the presidential suite of Sharm Al Sheikh general hospital, but will be moved to a military hospital for further questioning.

A source the daily declined to name said, "He will be moved to one of the military hospitals in Cairo."

Mubarak’s two sons were reportedly flown by private plane to Cairo early Wednesday, where they were transferred to Toura Prison near the suburb of Helwan. It is generally expected that their father will be joining them there.

Chief prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmud, who authorized the detention of the three for 15 days, said the decision was taken "as part of an inquiry into the use of force against protesters during the unrest in January and February."

Egypt's Most Infamous Prison
Located on the southern outskirts of Cairo, the sprawling Toura prison is infamous in Egypt.

The prison has long been used to detain political activists, mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood. While most political prisoners were released in the weeks following Mubarak's ouster, officials who served under him are being jailed there.

US Washes Hands Of Mubarak
The United States has taken a pragmatic stance and remained silent on the fate of its long-term ally, Mubarak.

"Egypt is navigating a very difficult transition," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. "...it's really a matter for the Egyptian government to address."

Toner defended throwing Mubarak to the wolves, "it's their country and we don't have any comment."