Obama Team Keeps Eye On Investigation Of Mubarak

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One of the many Middle East events that the Obama administration is keeping an eye on: The ongoing criminal investigation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak attends a meeting with Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani at the presidential palace in Cairo, in this file picture December 11, 2010. Former Egyptian President Mubarak, 82, entered hospital on April 12, 2011, a judicial source and the website of a state newspaper reported, two days after he was summoned to take part in a probe by the public prosecutor.

One of the many Middle East events that the Obama administration is keeping an eye on: The ongoing criminal investigation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak, who lost support within the Obama administration during the Egyptian uprising earlier this year, is under detention pending the results of an Egyptian prosecutor's probe of corruption charges. Mubarak denies the allegations.

There is some concern over how a trial of Mubarak would affect the pace of democratic developments in Egypt, including elections later this year.

The deposing of Mubarak also made some U.S. allies in the Middle East nervous, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak attends a meeting with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the presidential palace in Cairo in this October 19, 2010 file photo. Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered that former president Hosni Mubarak be detained for 15 days for investigation, state-owned Nile television said on April 13, 2011. The report came a day after Mubarak was questioned about allegations of killings of protesters and corruption.

That explains why two prominent officials have visited Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. The latter brought with him a letter from President Obama to King Abdullah.

In his first public comments since leaving office, Mubarak told Al Arabiya television that "I cannot remain silent in face of the continual campaigns of defamation and false accusations that aim at ruining the reputation and integrity of my family and me."

He added: "I will stick to all my legal rights to have action against everyone who tried to mess with the reputation of me and my family whether inside or outside the country."

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