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Mubarak's wife released, still faces probe

world Updated: May 17, 2011 19:36 IST
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The wife of Egypt's ousted president was released from detention on Tuesday after giving up assets but is still being investigated, said an official leading a probe into whether she amassed wealth illegally.

Suzanne Mubarak, who denies charges that she abused her husband's influence for unlawful personal gain, was admitted to hospital on Friday after suffering symptoms of a heart attack. She has been detained in the same hospital as her husband.

Hosni Mubarak, the former president, is also under investigation for abuse of power, embezzlement and responsibility for the deaths of some protesters during the 18 days of unrest that led to his ouster on Feb 11. He is still in detention.

"Suzanne Mubarak was released pending investigations after she gave up her assets of 24 million Egyptian pounds ($4 million) to the state," Assem el-Gohari, the head of the illicit gains authority, told state radio.

A judicial source said that earlier that Mubarak would be released after posting bail.