The health of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is continuing to deteriorate. Mubarak was recently convicted and sentenced for being complicit in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising.
Several reports published June 4 suggest Mubarak, 84, has slipped into a coma and hospital officials were forced to use a defibrillator on him.
A source with Egypt’s Interior Ministry told the Al-Bawaba publication that Mubarak is in “critical but stable” condition, while another source said he is comatose.
According to reports, Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades and was the second leader to be ousted in the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, will be moved from a prison to a civilian hospital in Cairo.
The former Egyptian leader requested officials transfer his son Alaa, who was also convicted for having a part in last year’s crackdown on demonstrators, to accompany him in Tora prison, the Egypt-based Al-Ahram publication reported.
Corruption charges against Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal Mubarak for a crime allegedly committed 10 years ago have been dropped. They will face another trial for having illegally accumulated 2.5 billion Egyptian pounds ($413 million).
On Sunday, two unnamed officials told Al-Ahram they could not confirm if Mubarak is going to die.
“His overall condition is very bad for sure, but I cannot confirm that this means he is on his death bed,” an official was quoted as saying. Another official said, “We were informed that he is in very bad shape, but we were not asked to make any preparations.
Mubarak was first admitted to hospital in April 2011, about two months after he was deposed. He attended all of his court hearings lying on a hospital bed.
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