Hosni Mubarak in hospital after fall

Hosni Mubarak in hospital after fall

Hosni Mubarak in hospital after fall

Updated 28 December 2012, 6:51 AEST

Egypt's ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak has been moved to an army hospital after falling in prison, sparking fresh concerns about his fragile health.

Mubarak, 84, was forced out of power in a 2011 uprising and sentenced to life in prison in June of this year for his role in killing protesters during the revolt.

He was admitted to a prison hospital that month following what security officials called a "health crisis".

Mubarak's health has been the subject of intense speculation in Egypt and he has spent much of the time before and after his trial in the prison hospital.

His lawyer said he was transferred to the military hospital after fracturing a rib in the fall in his prison clinic.

He said he also suffered from lung complications and dizziness.

"[His] health condition is deteriorating to some extent due to the president's fall the week before last," lawyer Mohamed Abdel Razek told Reuters.

Mubarak is to be treated at the military hospital in Cairo's Maadi suburb.

"He will stay for a while," a security source told Reuters.

Mubarak's legal team had been pressing to have him moved from the prison hospital to a better-equipped facility, saying he was not receiving adequate treatment.

The exact nature of any of his ailments is unclear, with state media reporting a variety of illnesses ranging from shortage of breath to heart attacks and comas.

On July 16 Mubarak was sent back to prison on the orders of the former public prosecutor who said his health had improved and he no longer needed the advanced care of the military hospital where he had been moved in June.

At the time, senior officers and military sources gave various accounts of Mubarak's condition, including that he was in a coma and on life support.

The fate of his family, accused by Egypt's new rulers of accumulating vast wealth illegally during Mubarak's long reign, is also the subject of much speculation.

Mubarak: Egypt's modern pharoah:
  • Mubarak was thrust into office when Islamists gunned down his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, at a military parade in 1981.
  • The burly former air force commander proved a far more durable leader than anyone imagined at the time.
  • Mubarak promoted peace with Israel and backed Egyptian economic reforms but he always kept a tight lid on political opposition.
  • He resisted any significant political change even under pressure from the United States, which poured billions of dollars of military and other aid into Egypt after it became the first Arab state to make peace with Israel, in 1979.
  • Mubarak won the first multi-candidate presidential election in 2005, although the outcome was never in doubt and his main rival came a distant second. Rights groups and observers said the election was marred by irregularities.
  • His tenure was marked by claims of corruption. Mubarak cracked down on Islamic extremism, but opposition political figures and young activists were also imprisoned without trials.
  • According to reports he survived six assassination attempts during his presidency.
  • Mubarak's health was a constant subject of debate in later years, and he travelled to Germany for surgery in March 2011.
  • When the 2011 protests broke out Mubarak tried to cling to power but was forced to resign after 18 days.
  • He was jailed for life in June 2012 for ordering the killing of protesters.

Reuters