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Mubarak moved to Cairo hospital

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:33:41 GMT
Reports say Egyptian military has transferred former dictator Hosni Mubarak to a hospital in Cairo just hours after he suffered heart problems.

Mubarak was transferred from Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to the capital Cairo by a military helicopter on Wednesday.

Mubarak reportedly suffered a heart attack during questioning by anti-corruption authorities about charges of graft and abuse of power. He was later hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Meanwhile, a report by Egypt's state television has described Mubarak's health condition as 'unstable.'

The developments come as Mubarak and his two sons have been placed in detention for 15-days over accusations of corruption and abuse of authority.

It is not yet clear where Mubarak will be placed during his detention, but his sons have been taken to a prison in the capital Cairo.

Prosecutors say the detention is part of an inquiry into the use of force against protesters during weeks of anti-government protests in January and February.

The former US-backed ruler was earlier rushed to a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh after suffering heart problems while under questioning.

Mubarak was forced to step down in February following weeks of nationwide protests against his 30-year rule.

More than 380 people were killed during the Egyptian revolution.

The development comes following the transfer of power to Egypt's military council on February 11, after weeks of rallies forced the former president to resign.

The council now faces protests demanding the resignation of its chief and the formation of a civilian government.

Egyptians say that they are skeptical about a rapid transition towards democracy and a civilian rule, maintaining that demonstrations will persist until all their demands are met.

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