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Ex-President of Egypt Mubarak detained, set for trial

by Jorge Hernandez on April 13, 2011

It has been two month since the Jasmine Revolution, when Egyptians seized control from the dictatorial ruling of President Hosni Mubarak. While the leader was ousted and a temporary military council was set up in his place, little has been done to bring Mubarak's crimes to light.

Some protesters have begun to accuse the military of shielding Mubarak from condemnation so that he could better manage his hidden bank accounts and evade some corruption charges, according to The Christian Science Monitor. This Wednesday, the former President was finally detained for 15 days. His two sons were also sent to Cairo, where they will be placed in Tora prison during the corruption investigation.

"This is a direct response to the protests," Mustapha Kamel al-Sayyid, political science professor at the American University in Cairo, told the news provider. "There has been a sort of ultimatum. Unless the president was interrogated by Friday, there would be another escalation of protests."

This marks a huge victory for the protesters, who are now anticipating the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections to take place in September and November. Many political organizations are trying to regain the footing that was lost during the years of repression under Mubarak's rule.

The interrogation was also stymied by Mubarak's unexpected heart attack, which he apparently suffered during the questioning.

NPR reports that "Mubarak collapsed under questioning after refusing to eat or drink in the two days since his summons." However, when the state minister of health claimed that Mubarak's condition was stable, "the prosecutor resumed questioning at his bedside and ordered Mubarak and his sons officially detained."

While there are promising signs of democracy and a new kind of freedom in Egypt, some are skeptical – blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was recently sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing the military rule of the country, according to AllGov.com.

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