Egyptian prosecutors question Mubarak’s sons

April 18th, 2011 - 12:31 am ICT by IANS  

Cairo, April 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Egyptian prosecutors questioned Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, sons of the ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, said a spokesman for the Egyptian prosecutor’s general office.

Mubarak and his two sons were detained Tuesday, following an investigation into corruption and abuse of office allegations.

Along with the allegations of corruption and amassing about $700 million from state funds, Gamal, who was the head of the ruling National Democratic Party’s policies committee, is suspected of ordering police forces to open fire on the protesters at Tahrir Square in late January.

He is also alleged to have illegaly exported gold from Egypt.

The two brothers were interrogated in Tora Prison, outside Cairo. They had not been summoned to the prosecutor’s office because of the security concerns, Egyptian TV said.

Egyptian media said the two brothers could be jailed or hanged if convicted. The trial is expected to last at least one year.

In early March, former Egyptian interior minister Habib al-Adly also went on trial on embezzlement and money laundering charges.

Mubarak stepped down Feb 11 following 18 days of large-scale anti-government protests that broke out in Cairo and quickly spread throughout Egypt, leaving over 350 people dead and about 5,500 injured.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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