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Egypt Releases Wife of Former President Mubarak on Bail

Suzanne Mubarak, wife of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (February 5, 2008 file photo)

Egyptian authorities have released the wife of ousted President Hosni Mubarak after she agreed to hand over about $3.4 million in accounts in two banks and a villa in Cairo.

Suzanne Mubarak was released on bail, Tuesday. Authorities had detained her on charges of corruption, for allegedly abusing her husband's influence for unlawful personal gain.

Mubarak remains in detention on charges that include embezzlement of public funds and the killing of anti-government protesters. On Wednesday, the ruling military council dismissed media reports that it might pardon Mubarak. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces released a statement that says it does not interfere in judicial affairs.

Mubarak and the former first lady were both hospitalized at a facility in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The former president was admitted to the facility in April after suffering heart problems. Mrs. Mubarak was admitted on Friday after complaining of chest pains.

Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising in February after ruling Egypt for more 30 years. There are varying, but unverified, estimates of the Mubarak family wealth.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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