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Investigators hold Mubarak's sons

The sons of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak have been detained for 15 days in an investigation of their role in violence against protesters and corruption, a police chief said.

Maj Gen Mohammed el-Khatib, head of South Sinai security, told a crowd outside the court in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh that the two would be detained in Cairo while the charges were investigated.

Their 82-year-old father, who has been under house arrest in Sharm El-Sheikh for the last two months, was taken to hospital on Tuesday with heart problems as investigations began over allegations of corruption and attacks on the protesters who eventually brought down his regime in mid-February.

Mubarak was believed to be grooming his younger son Gamal, a top official in the ruling party, to succeed him.

Mubarak's sons were questioned at the prosecutor's office in the provincial capital of El-Tor.

Dozens of demonstrators picketed the hospital, denouncing the former president and carrying a sign reading "Here is the butcher". They scuffled with Mubarak supporters amid a massive security presence.

Two security officials said Mubarak arrived under heavy police protection to the main hospital and, according to two doctors, stepped out of his armoured Mercedes unaided and was taken to the presidential suite in the pyramid-shaped building.

The protest movement that deposed Mubarak is now pushing for him to be brought to justice for what they say are decades of abuse.

Mubarak has been suffering for a number of ailments and underwent gall bladder surgery in Germany in March last year.

He has kept a low profile since he was ousted, living on his compound in Sharm el-Sheikh. He was banned from travelling and his assets have been frozen. Many of his senior aides have already either been questioned or detained pending investigations.

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