Middle-East

Egypt’s Mubarak Hospitalized During Questioning

CAIRO, April 12 (Xinhua) — Egyptian former President Hosni Mubarak was hospitalized on Tuesday in Sharm el-Sheikh after he suffered a heart attack during questioning by prosecutors, the state TV reported.

Mubarak was sent into an intensive care unit in the Sharm el- Sheikh international hospital in the Red Sea resort. His wife Suzanne and two sons Alaa and Gamal were accompanying him in the hospital, said the report.

File Photo of deposed President Hosni Mubarak

Egyptian Minister of Justice Mohamed Abdel Aziz el-Gendy said on Tuesday that the public prosecution has started its investigation with Mubarak and his younger son Gamal in Sharm el- Sheikh, adding the investigation was an execution to the general prosecutor’s decision to summon Mubarak on accusation of using power against protestors and misusing public funds to get commissions and deals.

Egyptian General Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud issued a summon on Sunday to question Mubarak and his two sons over accusations about corruption and use of violence against protestors during the anti-government demonstrations.

Medical sources were quoted as saying that Mubarak refused to eat or drink after knowing Tuesday morning that he was to be questioned for investigations.

He will be moved to a military hospital in Cairo, where he will undergo further investigation, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website.

Mubarak, 82, has suffered from health problems in recent years and went to Germany for gall bladder surgery in March 2010.

Mubarak was forced to end his 30-year rule after the 18-day nationwide demonstration. He handed over the power to the military on Feb. 11 and has reportedly been living in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh under military guard.

Mubarak defended himself and his family and denied the accusations in a recorded audio speech aired by pan-Arab Al- Arabiya TV on Sunday.

Various reports about the wealth of Mubarak and his family have come out during and after the protests. Corruption allegations against Mubarak and his aides were one of the major causes of the protests, in addition to high unemployment rate and rising food prices in the country.

At least 384 people died and thousands were injured in the protests which began on Jan. 25, according to the figures of the Health Ministry.

Youth groups and activists in Egypt have been calling for the trial of Mubarak and his cronies. They organized a mass protest on Friday in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the previous protests, to press the ruling military supreme council to try the former president immediately.

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