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.