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Mubarak's wife held on corruption suspicions

  • Egypt's Suzanne Mubarak in Bahrain, 2006.
    Ammar Abd Rabbo/FlickrEgypt's Suzanne Mubarak in Bahrain, 2006.

Suzanne Mubarak, the half-Welsh wife of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has been taken into custody on suspicion that she "abused her position for the illegal acquisition of wealth." 

The move, reported Friday by the government-run MENA news service, comes a day after the government reported that Mubarak and his wife were questioned.

MENA said prosecutors ordered Suzanne Mubarak detained for 15 days pending further investigation of the allegations, according to the Associated Press. 

It was not immediately clear where she would be held, although a security source told AFP that she could be taken to Qanater prison on the outskirts of Cairo. 

Crowds of people in Tahrir Square broke out into cheers and women ululated on hearing the news of her detention, AFP reported. The former first lady was known to be the driving force behind plans to have her son Gamal take over the presidency from his father, seen as one of several initiating factors in the recent uprising.

Thursday was the first time Mubarak and his wife faced interrogation. The 82-year-old former president is still in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after suffering an apparent heart attack.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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