'Mubarak is in psychological shock, refuses to eat'

Report: Former Egyptian president claims he never ordered attacks on crowds; officials give conflicting reports on Mubarak's health.

April 14, 2011 10:36
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Hosni Mubarak

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


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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is in psychological shock and claims that he never commanded his army to shoot at protesters, Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Youm reported on Thursday.

"I never gave any instruction to kill protesters," he reportedly said in his investigation. "I only got reports from the streets. The only time I spoke to the interior minister was when I asked him not to clash with protesters...I asked the armed forces to take to the streets in order to protect the protesters," Mubarak claimed.

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Al-Masri Al-Youm also claimed that during his investigation, Mubarak said that he intended to resign after four days of protests, but his advisors told him to stay longer in order to maintain stability.

Doctors told the Egyptian paper that Mubarak's wife, Susan, asked doctors not to inform the former president of his sons' incarceration, because of his delicate medical condition. They added that Mubarak is suffering from trauma and refuses to eat, but his heart is functioning well and he does not have cancer.

"I am going through a difficult time, which no one would be able to handle," Mubarak reportedly told investigators. "I never intended to run for president again, because my health had deteriorated."

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Later Thursday, an Egyptian army source said that Mubarak's condition was stable, although not improved. He added that there were no plans to move him from the Red Sea resort town of Sharm e-Sheikh.

"Mubarak's health at the moment is stable but has not improved," the source told Reuters, adding that the former president, ousted by a popular uprising on Feb. 11, was eating very little and was on a drip.

"There are no plans to move Mubarak from Sharm e-Sheikh at the moment," the source said.

On Wednesday, Egypt's public prosecutor ordered that Mubarak be detained for 15 days for investigation, according to Nile television. Al-Jazeera reported that Mubarak was airlifted out of the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital where he was being treated to Cairo.

A day earlier, Mubarak suffered a "heart crisis" during questioning, state television reported.

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