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Ailing Mubarak to be moved to prison

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:48:41 GMT
Egypt's top prosecutor mulls moving ailing former president Hosni Mubarak to a detention facility or a prison hospital pending health examinations.

Abdel Magid Mahmud has ordered a medical team to head to Sharm el-Sheikh to "establish his latest health condition and the possibility of having him transferred to Tora prison or to a prison hospital," AFP cited a statement released by the office of Egypt's public prosecutor on Thursday.

It also said that the medical team will head to Tora prison hospital "to evaluate the facilities and equipment and make the necessary preparations to have former president Hosni Mubarak moved there based on his medical condition."

The report comes as sources at Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital have told Press TV that the 82-year-old Mubarak has stopped eating and taking medications to block his transfer to Cairo for trial.

He is reported to be in a bad mental state following the second session of interrogations into his role in the Egyptian government's crackdown on protests that finally brought Mubarak down from power.

Last week, Egypt's state security prosecutor authorized the detention of Mubarak and his two sons "as part of an inquiry into the use of force against protesters during the unrest in January and February.”

Mubarak's arrest was announced shortly after state media reported his two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, had been detained over accusations of embezzlement of public funds.

They are also accused of having ordered the use of fire against demonstrators during the anti-government protests in which hundreds of people were killed.

On April 12, Mubarak was hospitalized in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, soon after he suffered a heart attack during an investigation by Egypt's Justice Minister Mohamed el-Guindy.

In an interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel, Mubarak said he was prepared to aid any probe into his family's assets outside Egypt but threatened to sue his accusers.

Mubarak's younger son Gamal headed the higher political committee of the country's former ruling party and was believed to be the heir to his father's decades-long despotic rule.

Outrage against widespread corruption among government officials was among the major reasons behind the Egyptians' uprising against Mubarak's regime.

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