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Since Egypt's uprising, Suzanne Mubarak has been staying at her family's $6 million villa in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
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updated 5/13/2011 9:29:58 AM ET 2011-05-13T13:29:58

Egyptian authorities have ordered the detention of Suzanne Mubarak, wife of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, the government-run MENA news service reported Friday.

The move came a day after the government said that Mubarak and his wife had been questioned. BBC News reported that the investigation was examining "illegal acquisition of wealth".

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MENA said prosecutors ordered Suzanne Mubarak, 70, detained for 15 days pending further investigation of the allegations.

Suzanne Mubarak would be taken to a Cairo prison, security and judicial sources told Reuters.

The 82-year-old former president is in a hospital in the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

He has been questioned several times, but Thursday was the first time his wife faced interrogation.

MENA said Suzanne Mubarak was asked about 20 million Egyptian pounds ($3.3 million) held in her name in a bank as well as a luxurious home in Cairo.

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Mubarak was deposed Feb. 11 by a popular uprising. His wife has been staying at their villa in Sharm el-Sheikh, which has an estimated value of 36 million pounds ($6 million).

A report by a financial oversight body said that Mubarak and his family had numerous bank accounts in foreign and local currencies, luxury apartments and palaces and valuable land holdings. Some estimate his fortune in the tens of billions of dollars.

Mubarak denies the allegations.

Mubarak also faces charges over deaths of protesters during the uprising.

The Associated Press, Reuters and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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    >>> his two sons are getting hauled into court in egypt. mubarak was in court yesterday. you'll recall he was taken away for heart problems , but it's clear the new guard may extract revenge on the new guard. our chief correspondent is briefly on home leave. he's with us in the stud growios. it seems like mubarak , the whole fwamally had a chance to leave. they chose not to. what haps to them in.

    >> they made a big mistake . they should have left when they could. the two sons are now in jail and they're under investigate, and there are people in egypt who don't want to see them get out. they could face death penalty. mubarak facing similar charges. he's still in the hospital. he had heart palpitations when he found out his sons and wife are under investigation. he's trying to stay in the hospital as long as he can, but if he can't and his doctors say he's well enough, he's going to go to jail as well.

    >> now to the last front we saw you and the story you'll be headed back to cover in short order, libya. americans are wondering why the rebels don't have the air cover they don't need. rebels are asking the same thing.

    >> every day, and they're getting frustrated. thas had a feeling that the west was with them, that nato was going to get the victory, and they discovered that was not in the cards. they felt they had false ixpectations. the sport hasn't been there, and the rebels haven't had enough strength to win.

    >> the question i have seen most people ask you, where does this all end?

    >> this whole movement in the middle east , and i'm worried about it because while people in the region deserve more rights and they're embracing more will and they're getting the will of the arab street , it's osanti- israel against an israel , and there are people who believe if you power the streets and the streets want to see a war or more justice for the palestinians down the road three to five years, this could lead to a major war with israel . it could also force a negotiated settlement, but i think over time , this thing ends in jerusalem.

    >> richard engle, home gribriefly on home leave, and we'll see you here or over there next. thanks tonight. sgroo a

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  1. Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Feb. 11. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Egyptians set off fireworks as they celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after President Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military. (Khalil Hamra / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. President Barack Obama makes a statement on the resignation of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington D.C. (Carolyn Kaster / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir Square after President Hosni Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military on Friday. Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday. (Khalil Hamra / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Protesters walk over a barricade after it was taken down to allow free entry to hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. A furious wave of protest finally swept Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak from power, sending a warning to autocrats across the Arab world and beyond. (Yannis Behrakis / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A spokesman for Egypt's higher military council reads a statement titled “Communiqué No. 3” in this video still on Friday. Egypt's higher military council said it would announce measures for a transitional phase after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. (Reuters Tv / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Egyptian celebrates in Cairo after the announcement of President Mubarak's resignation. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Friday. A furious wave of protest finally swept Mubarak from power after 30 years of one-man rule, sparking jubilation in the streets. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. An Egyptian reacts in the street after President Hosni Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday, Feb. 11. (Amr Nabil / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation on Friday. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Egyptian soldiers celebrate with anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square on Friday. Cairo's streets exploded in joy when Mubarak stepped down after three-decades of autocratic rule and handed power to a junta of senior military commanders. (Marco Longari / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Friday. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Egyptians celebrate the news of Mubarak's resignation in Tahrir Square on Friday. (Tara Todras-whitehill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. An Egyptian woman cries as she celebrates the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, Friday night, in Tahrir Square, Cairo. (Tara Todras-whitehill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate minutes after the announcement on television of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had resigned. (Khaled Elfiqi / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Opposition protesters celebrate Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, in Tahrir Square on Friday. President Mubarak bowed to pressure from the street and resigned, handing power to the army. (Suhaib Salem / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Friday. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. On Egyptian state television, Al-Masriya, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman delivers an address announcing that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, in Cairo on Friday. (TV via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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