Sunday 22 October 2017

Mubarak on ventilator as health declines in jail

A protester holds a defaced poster of presidential candidate and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq as he stands on a lamp post during a demonstration against Shafiq, and the verdict for deposed leader Hosni Mubarak at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photo: Reuters
A protester holds a defaced poster of presidential candidate and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq as he stands on a lamp post during a demonstration against Shafiq, and the verdict for deposed leader Hosni Mubarak at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

Maggie Michael in Cairo

THE health of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak deteriorated sharply yesterday, three days after a court sentenced him to life imprisonment in connection to the killing of protesters, a security official said.

The official at Cairo's Torah Prison said Mubarak collapsed several times and was placed on mechanical ventilation after having difficulty breathing. He says the ousted president's condition worsened after a visit by his wife, Suzanne Mubarak, on Monday, who sobbed after seeing Mubarak in a prison suit.

Prison authorities turned down a request by Mubarak to bring two of his personal doctors to oversee his condition, the official said. However, they agreed to transfer his son Gamal, also a prisoner, to a nearby cell to be close to him.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the press.

Mubarak was sentenced on Saturday for failing to stop killings of protesters in the 2011 Egyptian uprising. His conviction saw him transferred to prison facilities for the first time. From his arrest in April 2011 until the announcement of the verdict, he has been in hospital.

Irish Independent

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