Egyptian Protesters Demand Corruption Trials

Published on Monday 11th April 2011

A few hundred Egyptian protesters have defied an army demand to leave Cairo's main Tahrir Square and are vowing to stay until Egypt holds former officials accountable for corruption. Protesters have stepped up pressure on Egypt's ruling military to try ousted president Hosni Mubarak and members of his government for corruption and other crimes.  The demonstrators remained behind barbed wire blockades Monday as the army kept its distance. On Sunday, Egypt's public prosecutor said he would summon Mubarak for questioning about the killing of protesters and the embezzlement of public funds, as hundreds of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square demanded he be brought to trial.A statement from the prosecutor said Mubarak's sons Gamal and Alaa also were summoned in the corruption probe. Also, authorities detained former prime minister Ahmed Nazif for 15 days as part of a corruption investigation.Mubarak declared in remarks broadcast Sunday that the allegations against him are unfounded.Egypt's Military Court, meanwhile, sentenced blogger Maikel Nabil on Monday to three years in jail for writings critical of the military. He was charged with "insulting the military" and "disturbing public security."
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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