Two and half months after Egyptian protests toppled the government, former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been detained for questioning.
Egypt's chief prosecutor, Gen. Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, imposed a 15-day detention on Mubarak and his sons, shortly after the 82-year-old was hospitalized during questioning at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Prosecutors will continue the interrogation in the hospital.
According to security sources, cited by Egypt's state-controlled Nile TV, Mubarak's two sons are imprisoned in Cairo.
Egyptian officials posted the following announcement on the prosecutor general's Facebook page.
"The public prosecutor has ordered the detention of former president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, for 15 days pending investigation after the public prosecutor presented them with the current state of its ongoing investigation of charges and submitted the detention decision to the relevant police authority," the announcement read.
The Facebook page was originally set up to communicate with family members of those killed during protests leading up to Mubarak's resignation.
Prosecutors are investigating Mubarak and his two sons on alleged corruption charges, abuse of authority for personal gain, and the government's use of force against the protesters. Nearly 385 people were killed over the 18 days of protests.
Since resigning from office on Feb. 11, Mubarak has been living in the family's compound in Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The government has reportedly imposed a travel ban and froze his assets.
The former president issued a pre-recorded statement on Sunday, denying all allegations of corruption and misuse of public funds and promising he would clear his and his family's name.