Mubarak to appear in Cairo court: report

April 13, 2011 - 0:0

CAIRO (Agencies) – Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak received a summons to appear before a Cairo court for questioning and special security is being arranged, state-run Al-Ahram newspaper quoted the interior minister as saying.

The public prosecutor issued the summons Sunday as part of probes into the killing of protesters and the embezzlement of public funds, but the ousted president said allegations of wrongdoing leveled against him were lies, Reuters reported.
The minister, Mansour el-Essawy, said Mubarak would give testimony on accusations directed against him at a court on the eastern outskirts of Cairo, Al-Ahram reported, without saying when he would appear or what the accusations were.
Essawy said he did not know what Mubarak's reply to the summons had been, the newspaper said Tuesday.
Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal have also been summoned for questioning.
Several countries froze assets of Mubarak's family and some of their associates after he was forced from office by a wave of public indignation at corruption among the political elite.
Mubarak has been staying at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since he was toppled from power on February 11, and he and his family have been banned from traveling while state prosecutors investigate complaints against them.
Justice Minister Mahmoud al-Guindy said an Egyptian delegation would travel to a number of foreign countries within days seeking to make an inventory of Mubarak's assets abroad, Al-Ahram said.
The minister said Mubarak had agreed to provide to investigators a power of attorney over his bank accounts and assets.
Mubarak on Sunday issued his first public remarks since his recent ouster, decrying corruption accusations against him, CNN reported.
In a brief audio message aired on Al-Arabiya television, Mubarak said the Egyptian government's probe into his finances is aimed at tarnishing his reputation and undermining his “history.”
“I cannot keep silent facing this continued falsified campaign and the continued attempt to undermine my reputation and the reputation of my family,” he said.