German doctor receives "threatening" emails for treating Mubarak
A German doctor who treated former Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak had received "threatening" emails because of it, the German clinic where he works confirmed Tuesday dpa reported
Mubarak's lawyer had claimed that the surgeon, Markus Buechler, had received death threats over a potential visit to Egypt to treat Mubarak there, according to Arab media reports.
Buechler would not be going to Egypt, a spokeswoman for the University Clinic in Heidelberg said, but his main reason was because "he is sure he isn't medically able to help Mubarak."
The surgeon also did not wish to be used for political purposes or put himself in danger given the uncertain situation in Egypt, the spokeswoman said.
Buechler specializes in illnesses relating to the pancreas and had operated on Mubarak in March last year in Heidelberg.
Mubarak, who was toppled by 18 days of mass protests in February, pleaded not guilty last week to charges of ordering the killing of protesters and abusing his powers during his 30-year rule.
He was flown in from a hospital in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he had been receiving medical treatment since April after reportedly suffering a heart attack, and lay on a gurney throughout the proceedings.