Mubarak Can’t Be Moved To Prison, Egyptian Medical Team Says

A medical committee that examined former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak concluded he can’t be transferred to prison, saying his health is “unstable,” the public prosecutor’s office said.

The six-member committee asked that Mubarak remain under the supervision of a medical team in the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital where he is being treated, according to a statement issued by the office. The hospital at Cairo’s Tora prison “is not equipped for the transfer of a patient in a critical and unstable condition,” it said.

Egypt’s public prosecutor on May 24 ordered that Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, be sent to a criminal court on charges of killing demonstrators and corruption, meeting one of the main demands of protesters who have been pressing for his prosecution. Mubarak is accused of instructing police officers to shoot at protesters in rallies that began on Jan. 25 and of acquiring benefits by misusing his position as president, the office said in a faxed statement on May 24.

The committee found that Mubarak suffers from heart conditions, depression and “muscle weakness” and needs to be helped out of bed, the statement said. The medical committee’s report has been sent to the criminal court in charge of Mubarak’s case.

Mubarak’s three-decade rule ended in February when he ceded power to Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces after 18 days of mass protests.

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