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Mubarak 'clinically dead' - state media

2012-06-20 00:43

Cairo - Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak was declared clinically dead after he was transferred to hospital from prison on Tuesday, state media reported, but a medical source said he was in a coma.

"Hosni Mubarak is clinically dead," the official MENA news agency reported. "Medical sources told MENA his heart had stopped beating and did not respond to defibrillation."

But a medical source told AFP the former strongman was in fact in a coma and on an artificial respirator.

Mubarak "is in a coma and the doctors are trying to revive him. He has been placed on an artificial respirator", he said.

The state's Nile News television station began broadcasting archival footage of Mubarak during his presidency, which ended with a popular uprising last year.

"I want to affirm that the official news agency of the country, MENA, has announced it," a state news presenter said of Mubarak's reported clinical death.

"It is a confirmed report from MENA," he added.

Stroke

Mubarak was transferred from prison to a military hospital in the Cairo district of Maadi earlier on Tuesday evening after suffering a stroke and undergoing defibrillation in prison.

The 84-year-old former strongman was sentenced to life behind bars on 2 June for suppressing a revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters were killed.

His medical condition deteriorated after the verdict and he suffered an emotional breakdown after being moved to an intensive care wing in Cairo's Tora prison.

Doctors treated him with a defibrillator twice on 11 June, according to a prison hospital source.

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

Mubarak's wife Suzanne and his two daughters-in-law were given special permission to visit him following rumours that he had died in prison.

Protests

His family had formally requested a transfer to a Cairo hospital, a move that threatened to unleash the anger of activists and protesters.

His lawyer Farid al-Deeb was not available for comment. He told AFP last week that Mubarak complained to him that the authorities wanted him to stay in prison until he died.

Mubarak was transferred to hospital as thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square after last weekend's presidential election to protest an apparent bid by the military to prolong its rule.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi has claimed victory in the election, but his rival Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak's last premier, says he won.

Official results are expected on Thursday.

Comments
  • Smell - 2012-06-20 01:18

    Shame on Mubarak for killing 850 protestors for democracy. And for decades of autocratic rule. However, contrast that with Bob Mugabe's regime who killed an estimated 20,000 citizens in the Matabeleland massacre in the 1980s. Then Mbeki rewarded him with "silent diplomacy" when he turned his attention to chasing the productive farmers of their land because of a perceived pigmentation shortage. Be prepard for contributors here hammering Mubarak when some of their other buddies on this continent have commited vastly greater crimes against humanity.

      lloyd.tandi - 2012-06-20 06:23

      The list is long,Botha,D'clerk,Al bashir, etc.

  • paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-06-20 01:32

    At least he looks cool. A bit like Neo. Do the sunglasses protect his eyes in a coma?

  • muzy.maseko - 2012-06-20 01:32

    We all know that it was an ploy to assasinate him!

  • KimmerZ.70 - 2012-06-20 02:40

    Life in prison = 2 weeks. Seems unfair to the families of the 850 protesters that were murdered.

  • christopher.phago - 2012-06-20 03:58

    Hosni Mubarak the former Egypt President declared dead last night by state media\r\n\r\nThis man was a dictator straight n forward, he deserve to die like this

  • malcolm.dale - 2012-06-20 08:48

    Whilst I do not condone dictatorships in any form can someone please tell me or show what good the so called uprisings have had on the respective countries in which they have occurred, save to remove a dictator. Tunisia is still unsettled and doesn't know it's Arthur from its Martha, neither does Libya - they are still trying to kill each other and Egyptians have had another uprising to over-ride the "successes" of the first uprising!! The Syrian "spring" will soon change just like the seasons do and the effects will be the same as they have been everywhere else where there has been an uprising.Now we hear the rumblings of discontent here in South Africa - whoooooo boy!!

  • jman.man.71 - 2012-06-20 09:46

    How is this Article any different from the previous one?

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-12-16 09:32

    Shame, one less dickhead in the world. He wont be missed

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