Mubarak health deteriorated as thousands protest over verdicts
The health condition of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak deteriorated sharply Tuesday, said an official at the Cairo prison where he is detained. The former president was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday.
The official said Hosni Mubarak had suffered several ailments and was connected to life support machine. His condition worsened after a visit by his wife Suzanne on Monday, who cried after seeing him in his prison uniform.
The prison authorities rejected a request by the former president to allow two of his personal physicians to check him, the source conveyed, adding the authorities, however, have authorized the transfer of his son Gamal to Mubarak's prison.
Hosni Mubarak has been transferred to the Tora prison for the first time after his conviction. Since his arrest in April 2011, he stayed in a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo. His sons Gamal and Alaa were acquitted on corruption charges Saturday, but they are held as part of another trial on economic charges.
Meanwhile, thousands of Egyptians demonstrated in Cairo and the provinces to what they called too lenient verdicts in the trial of Mubarak. Several thousands of people gathered in the famous Tahrir Square in central Cairo.
Rallies were also reported in Alexandria (north), in major cities along the Suez Canal (Suez, Port Said, Ismailiya) and Assiut (south), according to security sources. The controversy surrounding this trial has further intensified the political atmosphere ahead of the second round of presidential elections on 16 and 17 June