Mubarak detention extended as former minister jailed
Egypt's state prosecutor on Tuesday renewed the detention of toppled president Hosni Mubarak amid an investigation into corruption and the killing of protesters. Meanwhile, the former tourism minister was jailed for fraud.
Abdel Maguid Mahmud "has ordered the preventive detention of former president Hosni Mubarak for 15 days that will begin when his current detention ends" on May 12, the prosecutor's office said in a statement, cited by AFP. Sources at the public prosecutor's office conveyed that a decision on whether or not to put the ousted leader on trial would be announced in the coming days.
The former tourism minister Zuheir Garranah was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of corruption. Garranah, who was sentenced along with two businessmen, was charged with misuse of public funds amounting to just over US$50 million, after approving the sale of state-owned land for well below the market price.