Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Egypt: Former vice pres. interrogated

Egypt's former Vice President Omar Suleiman

Source: Press TV

Egypt's general prosecutor's office says former Vice President Omar Suleiman is being questioned in connection with corruption and use of violence against peaceful protesters.

This comes two months after former dictator Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a historic revolution.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement on Tuesday that he was asked about "the killing of protesters during peaceful (anti-regime) protests and over the wealth of the former president and his family."

Suleiman was the country's longtime spy chief and is a close US and Israel ally.

He had mediated Arab-Israeli talks and even aided the CIA when it needed a hand in interrogating so-called terror suspects, reports say.

Suleiman was appointed vice president by ousted Mubarak in the final days of his three-decade rule.

Judicial sources say the assets of several former officials and ministers have also been frozen over corruption and abuse of power.

The Mubarak family is facing allegations of corruption as well as the use of violence against protesters.

Egyptian protesters say he must be tried for killing around 800 protesters during the country's popular uprising which led to his ouster on February 11.

On Saturday, an Egyptian court dissolved the former ruling National Democratic Party of ousted president Mubarak and froze its assets.

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