Mubarak Headed to Jail Hospital

Ex-president deemed healthy enough to travel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 24, 2011 3:52 PM CDT
Mubarak Headed to Jail Hospital
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will have to move to a prison hospital.   (Getty Images)

Egypt's prosecutor general ordered today that former president Hosni Mubarak to be moved from his hospital in a Red Sea resort town to a military facility, the state news agency reported. Prosecutor General Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud said Mubarak was originally supposed to be moved to Cairo's Tora prison hospital, but it was deemed not yet ready to receive him. Instead he would stay in a military hospital until the prison facility was ready.

The order followed an examination of the president's health to determine if he was fit enough to move. But two senior military officials in the Sinai Desert, where the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh is located, said they would refuse to move Mubarak, because they did not believe he was well enough to be transferred. Reuters notes that Mubarak had reportedly stopped eating and taking his meds last week in an effort to convince authorities to keep him in Sharm. (More Hosni Mubarak stories.)

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