Following intensive questioning ousted president Mubarak’s chief of staff Zakaria Azmy was today ordered remanded in jail for 15 days pending further investigation. Besides being a close confidante of the former president, Azmi was a member of parliament and was considered among the leading figures of the regime and its ruling National Democratic Party.
Prosecutor Essam El-Gohary, the head of the anti-corruption agency, charged Azmi with illegally amassing a huge fortune, which included land, real estate and luxurious villas in various prime locations around the country.
Azmi was transferred to Tora prison, where a number of other top Mubarak regime figures, including steel magnate and NDP organizational secretary Ahmed Ezz, are being held.
The prosecution of Azmi both for corruption and for political and human rights crimes was among the main demands of last Friday’s massive demonstrations in Tahrir Sq, Alexandria and a number of other Egyptian cities.