Egypt's public prosecutor has called on former President Hosni Mubarak to answer questions as part of a probe into the deaths of protestors and government corruption. The prosecutor's decision to call on Mubarak comes just a day after protests again turned deadly in Tahrir Square. The probes are looking into whether Mubarak's role in the killing of protestors and whether he and his family embezzled public funds. In addition to the former president, his sons, Gamal and Alaa, are being called on as part of the corruption probe.
Mubarak insists on his innocence and said that he will fight the allegations. "I will uphold all my legal rights to defend my reputation as well as that of my family both at home and abroad," Mubarak said in a recorded statement. The statement broke two months of silence from the former president, who is under house arrest at his weekend home in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. General prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud said that the investigation would continue, despite Mubarak's claims of innocence. The prosecutor also alerted the U.S. and other foreign governments that the family may have hidden billions worth of valuables, reports The Washington Post.
Mubarak claims that the allegations against him and his family are a series of "lies" created by the press. “I have been pained and am still in pain because of what I have been subjected to, my family and I, from unjust campaigns and false allegations aimed at hurting my reputation and questioning my integrity, stances, and military and political history, through which I have striven for the sake of Egypt and its sons in war and in peace,” said Mubarak. Mubarak also said that details of family bank accounts will prove their innocence.
Though he is given some credit for stepping down when he did--and act he says he did in the best interest of the countries--Egyptians are still incensed about Mubarak's repression and apparent corruption of his rule.
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