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Mubarak says he's victim of defamation

world Updated: Apr 10, 2011 20:09 IST

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Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak said he was a victim of defamation and threatened lawsuits in his first comments since he was ousted in a popular uprising, aired on Sunday on Al-Arabiya television.

The former president said he was prepared to assist any investigations into his family's alleged assets abroad, as pressure mounts on the ruling military to try him for corruption and other crimes.

Mubarak said he and his family were the victims of "unjust campaigns and false claims that seek to ruin my reputation and challenge my integrity and my... military and political history," he said.

The 82-year-old added he was prepared to assist the "public prosecutor to ask the foreign ministry of Egypt to communicate with all foreign ministries in the world asking them to reveal our assets abroad," he said.

Mubarak criticised the media for reporting that he had "large properties" abroad, and denied he had foreign bank accounts.

"I reserve my legal rights toward whoever tried to ruin me and my family's reputation," he said in the audio message broadcast on the pan-Arab news network.