Mubarak suffers cardiac arrest, in a coma, lawyer says

Former Egyptian president, 83, due to stand trial for the killing of protesters and abuse of power on August 3; news of cardiac arrest follows reports that he's suffering from cancer.

By REUTERS
July 17, 2011 20:21
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Hosni Mubarak

Mubarak 311 Reuters. (photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah )

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak suffered a cardiac arrest and is currently in a coma, his attorney said on Thursday.

Last month, Mubarak's lawyer said the ousted Egyptian leader was suffering from cancer.

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Mubarak, 83, was forced from office in February after a popular uprising. He is due to stand trial on Aug. 3. for the killing of protesters and abuse of power, charges he denies.

He has been detained in hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since mid-April after officials said he had heart problems during initial questioning.

The timing of Mubarak's illness means he has been spared jail, fueling talk that the former decorated air force officer was getting special treatment from the army which took power after his overthrow.

A committee of doctors appointed to assess Mubarak's state of health said in late May that he should not be moved to a prison hospital because he was depressed, had poor blood circulation and was at risk of a sudden heart attack.

The medical team also said he had tumors in his gall bladder and pancreas, for which he had operations in the past.

Rumors over Mubarak's health circulated for years before he was ousted from power but government officials always denied any life-threatening illness including cancer.



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