TV: Former Egyptian President Mubarak had heart attack in prison
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has had a heart attack. He arrived on Saturday in Tora prison near Cairo, where he will serve his life sentence, Egyptian television reported citing medical sources.
According to physicians, doctors are now trying to stabilize the state of former president.
On Saturday the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Mubarak to life imprisonment on charges of complicity in the killing of peaceful demonstrators in early 2011. After the sentencing the prosecutor general of Egypt ordered to move the convict from the International Medical Center to Tora prison for the execution of the sentence.
According to sources in the security bodies, when Mubarak was taken to the building of the prison hospital, he suffered an emotional breakdown: former president was crying and refused to go to the hospital and cried: "Great God, I have served this country". Then the state of Mubarak got worse - he felt pain in his heart.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on February 11 last year amid incessant popular unrest and clashes of demonstrators with police and the collapse of the security system. More than 800 people became victims of those events, nearly 2,000 were injured.
Following the resignation Mubarak has publicly stated that he would not leave the country, and within six months he lived in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea with his family. Following the issuance in April 2011 of a warrant for his arrest, he was placed with a heart attack in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh. Around the same time, Mubarak's two sons were arrested and transferred to Cairo prison. Wife of former President Suzanne Thabet was arrested. Subsequently, the charges against her were dismissed.
In August last year, when the trial began in Cairo, Mubarak was transferred to the International Medical Center near the Egyptian capital. Despite poor health, the former president was present in almost all meetings, which were accompanied by scandals and fights in the courtroom, whose initiators were, basically, advocates of the injured party or the victims themselves and their families. Mubarak's opponents sought the transfer of ex-president from the usual hospital to the prison hospital, but the court rejected this claim.