Mubarak, Sons Detained By Egyptian Officials
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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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