Cairo: Bowing to demands by protesters
that ousted President Hosni Mubarak be put on trial, Egyptian
prosecutors on Monday ordered the former head of state and his two
sons be questioned on violence against pro-democracy rallyists
The summons for appearance for the former Egyptian
ironman came just 24-hour after Mubarak came out of his self
imposed seclusion to decry what he termed as an "unjust
campaign against him and declared that he did not own any
"All measures would be taken to ensure the safety of
Mubarak and his sons during their appearance," the Interior
Minister, Mansur Essawy said.
But no date was announced, Al Jazeera reported, saying
that the minister had warned that if Mubarak refused to show
up he could face arrest.
The police also detained the country's former prime
minister Ahmed Nazif as part of investigations into misuse of
public fund, the public prosecutor's statement said.
The former president, who was toppled after over three
decade in power, said he would cooperate with the country's
prosecutors in the corruption investigations.
In his first public statement after stepping down from
office on February 11, Mubarak told Al-Arabia news channel
that he could not remain silent in what he termed was an
incitement campaign against him.
He said he had given up his post "in the interest of
the country" and had decided to stay away from politics.
Mubarak said he was prepared to submit written replies
to the authorities to allow them to investigate allegations
that he himself or any of his family members owned assets
outside the country.
After stepping down, Mubarak and his family have moved
to a residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Shaikh.
But despite his vehement denials, thousands of people
massed in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square demanding that the
former president be put on trial and charged the Egyptian
military particularly the defence minister of colluding to
Trumpeted as a saviour in the beginning of the revolt,
because it was soft on the protesters, the Egyptian army is
facing increasing criticism for stalling electoral reforms,
not putting Mubarak in the dock and alleged human rights
First Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 22:17