Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been placed in detention for 15 days pending an inquiry over use of force against protesters during the public unrest that brought an end to his 30-year-rule.
Mubarak, who reportedly suffered a heart attack on Tuesday while being questioned by prosecutors, was placed under detention in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
He and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, also face corruption charges after being accused of siphoning off huge sums of state money and concealing it in foreign bank accounts, land and property.
Mubarak’s son were driven through a crowd of 2,000 protesters and taken to Cairo’s Tora prison, which houses Egypt’s most notorious political prisoners and fallen officials, AFP reports.
“Brothers, whatever you wanted, you have got … 15 days,” Major-General Mohammed el-Khatib, a security officials in South Sinai said, according to Al Jazeera.
Egyptian state TV reported Tuesday that Mubarak, 82, collapsed just before he was to have been questioned by prosecutors. The report added that Mubarak had stopped eating and drinking after he was summoned for questioning two days earlier.
The state-run newspaper Al Ahram said he had suffered a minor heart attack and would need a week tor recover.
At least 800 people are believed to have been killed when police fired on protesters during anti-Mubarak uprisings earlier this year, Al Jazeera said. An investigation has been launched into officials accused of ordering the attacks.
Mubarak, in his first public remarks since his ouster, on Sunday tried to clear his name by denying he held bank accounts or properties outside Egypt.
News of investigations into the Mubarak family’s financial dealings — including that Mubarak has assets worth $70 billion — have angered Egyptians as they try to move beyond a repressive police state, according to the LA Times.
Mubarak said he had the right to defend his reputation and that of his family.
Since Feb. 11, when Egypt was taken over by a military council, the 82-year-old has been living in his private palace in Sharm El Sheikh, with his assets frozen and a travel ban imposed on his family members.
Mubarak underwent gallbladder surgery and had a growth removed from his intestine at a German hospital one year ago.