Egypt prosecutor orders Mubarak to prison hospital

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[JURIST] Egyptian public prosecutor Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud on Sunday ordered ousted president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] transferred from a private hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh to a prison hospital in Cairo. Mahmoud ordered the transfer [AP report] after Mubarak’s doctor cleared him to travel. Mubarak was hospitalized for heart trouble shortly after his resignation [JURIST report]. Prosecutors have urged Mubarak’s transfer so that he may be questioned by officials about allegations ranging from embezzlement to murder. The Egyptian Ministry of Interior [official website, in Arabic] will oversee Mubarak’s transfer first to a military prison and then to the hospital in Tora Prison where he will be held for questioning.

Last month, a commission of Arab and Egyptian human rights groups accused the former president [JURIST report] and the country’s police of murdering protesters during the demonstrations in Egypt [JURIST news archive] early this year. The joint commission submitted their report to Egypt’s top prosecutor for further investigation. The Supreme Military Council of Egypt, which assumed power after Mubarak’s resignation, instructed Egypt’s top prosecutor to investigate the death of protesters [RIA Novosti report] during the three weeks of demonstrations in the country. Following the demonstrations, Egypt’s chief prosecutor requested in February that Foreign Ministry officials take steps to freeze any foreign assets [JURIST report] belonging to Mubarak and his family.

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