Health of exiled Egyptian leader Mubarak in serious decline
Hosni Mubarak is sick and has fainted on at least one occasion at the Red Sea holiday villa where he has been sent into internal exile, according to sources close to his entourage.
Egypt's deposed president has previously denied having been treated for cancer. Yesterday locals in Sharm el-Sheikh said they had been told by his police guards that he was largely bedbound.
Their accounts tallied with reports by well-placed sources who had been in contact with Mr Mubarak's advisers several of whom are understood to be with him.
Sameh Shoukry, Egypt's ambassador to Washington, said he had been informed that the president's health had taken a turn for the worse.
"I am following the rumours and the press reports related to his health, and might have received some communication at a personal level indicating that he is possibly in somewhat bad health," he said.
The Egyptian daily 'Masry al-Youm' reported that Mr Mubarak (82), had slipped into a coma. That was denied by a pro-government newspaper, but it said Mr Mubarak was "in a severe psychological condition and is declining treatment, despite his illness".
Mr Mubarak has been treated on a number of occasions in Germany, most recently to have his gall bladder removed last year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)