Mubarak, Sons Detained By Egyptian Officials An Egyptian prosecutor has ordered the detention of former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons. Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa are being investigated for corruption and abuse of authority in the killings of protesters during the revolution that culminated with Mubarak's resignation on February 11.
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Mubarak, Sons Detained By Egyptian Officials

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An Egyptian prosecutor has ordered the detention of former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons. Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa are being investigated for corruption and abuse of authority in the killings of protesters during the revolution that culminated with Mubarak's resignation on February 11.

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NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Cairo that Egypt's military rulers appear to be responding to public pressure to put the former president and his sons on trial.

DEBORAH AMOS: It was celebrated as a victory for the protest movement, says Sala Nagib(ph), a mechanical engineer.

SALA NAGIB: It will improve many things for the new generation; if not for us, for the new generation.

AMOS: Elijah Zarwan in Cairo for the International Crisis Group says the military did seem to be reluctant to put Mubarak on trial.

ELIJAH ZARWAN: The military would like to see Mubarak retire with dignity. They really did not want to try Mubarak, but this became a - the central demand of the protesters, and one that revitalizes the protests.

AMOS: Mohammad Ihab(ph) said he came to send a message to the military council.

MOHAMMAD IHAB: Prosecution. Prosecution of the old regime. People want to see justice by - in order to be sure that the revolution is going on.

AMOS: Opening the investigation changed the mood today, says Zarwan, and Tahrir Square was filled with signs posted by the military that said the army and the people are one.

ZARWAN: So far, the effect on public opinion has been very good. People are celebrating the news. That may get more complicated as the trial progresses.

AMOS: Deborah Amos, NPR News, Cairo.

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