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Former Egyptian President Mubarak detained for questioning

Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has been detained as part of an inquiry into the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. His two sons are also being held as part of the investigation.

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Mubarak is under investigation

Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered that former President Hosni Mubarak be detained for 15 days as part of an inquiry into the killings and the use of force against protesters during the unrest in January and February.

This comes after state media reported that his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, had been taken in for questioning for their role in the crackdown on protesters and were now also being held for 15 days.

State TV said that Mubarak had been taken to hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh shortly after reportedly suffering a heart attack during questioning.

Mubarak, who is 82, was ousted following weeks of often violent protests against his 30-year autocratic rule. At least 380 people died in the unrest.

The ruling military council has scheduled parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year.

Author: Rob Mudge (Reuters, AFP)
Editor: Michael Knigge

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