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Hosni Mubarak ‘defibrillated after heart stops’



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Opposition activists are suspicious of the claims of Mr Mubarak's fast decline

Hosni Mubarak, who has been in critical condition since the ousted Egyptian president was moved to prison, was defibrillated twice after his heart stopped on Monday, according to a prison hospital source.

Mubarak’s “heart stopped twice. Doctors had to use a defibrillator. He   has been in and out of consciousness and has been refusing food,” the   source said.

Earlier, an Egyptian   interior ministry source told the AFP news agency his condition was “critical   but stable”, as officials weigh transferring him to a Cairo hospital.

The 84-year-old former president was sentenced to life for suppressing a   revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters   were killed.

His medical condition deteriorated and he suffered an emotional breakdown   after being moved to Tora prison on the outskirts of Cairo on June 2, where   he remains in intensive care in the prison hospital.

He has suffered from acute depression since his transfer, as well as periodic   increases in blood pressure and shortness of breath, the interior ministry   source said.

Prison authorities last week agreed to move Mubarak’s son Gamal, who is in the   same prison awaiting trial on corruption charges, closer to his father.

Mubarak asked that his other son Alaa, also in Tora awaiting trial on the same   charges as Gamal, be allowed to stay with him.

“He wants both his sons by his side,” a security official said.

Mubarak’s wife Suzanne and his two daughters-in-law were given special   permission to visit him on Sunday following rumours that he had died in   prison, state media reported.

His family has formally requested a transfer to a Cairo hospital but such a   move could unleash the anger of activists and protesters at a particularly   sensitive time in the country.

Elections for Mubarak’s successor are just days away, a polarising contest   between the ousted president’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and the   Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Mursi.

Authorities have neither accepted nor declined the request to transfer   Mubarak, saying only that he will be “treated like all prisoners.”

“Moving him now is very sensitive, with the threat of protests in Tahrir   and the elections coming up,” a security official said.

Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al-Deeb said he “will hold the interior ministry   and the state prosecutor responsible should Mubarak die in prison” due   to lack of appropriate medical care.

“His condition is not stable… He needs to be under observation 24 hours   a day,” Deeb told the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Since his ouster in February last year, there have been contradictory reports   about Mubarak’s health, with some saying he was suffering from cancer, heart   ailments or depression.

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