Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak, due to go on trial next week for murder, is refusing food in his hospital detention and has become extremely weak, state media reported on Wednesday. The 83 year old Mubarak has been detained since April on charges of ordering the killings of anti-regime activists and corruption.
He is under arrest in Sharm al Sheikh hospital.
His health is "extremely weak," the official al-Gomhuria daily reported, citing a hospital official. He "completely abstains from food and intakes only some liquids and juices," the newspaper quoted Mohammed Fathallah, head of the hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, as saying.
Earlier, the Assistant Health Minister for Political Affairs, Dr. Abdul Hamid Abaza, dismissed reports by some media outlets about the death of Mubarak, who is inclined to stand trial on August 3.