Mubarak remains in stable condition

2012-06-16 18:22

Cairo - Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence in jail, remains in a "stable" condition, the Egyptian interior minister said on Saturday.

The former leader's health is "stable" and he "is getting progressively better," Mohammed Ibrahim told reporters, adding that a decision to transfer Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal to the same prison had "borne fruit."

Mubarak's sons are both awaiting trial on charges of corruption on 9 July.

The Egyptian minister also said that no decision had been taken on the question of transferring Mubarak from the prison to a Cairo hospital, as requested by his lawyer and his family.

Earlier this month the 84-year-old former strongman was month sentenced to life behind bars 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 Tora prison on the outskirts of Cairo on 2 June, 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, according to the interior ministry.

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.

His family has formally requested a transfer to a Cairo hospital but such a move could unleash the anger of activists and protesters.

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