Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarak, 84, is in a "critical but stable" state, said Monday a source at the Interior Ministry. According to some sources, Mubarak fell into "full coma."
The authorities are also reviewing the possibility of transferring the former president from the prison in southern Cairo, where he was moved to serve his life sentence on June 2, to a private hospital in the capital.
The state of Mr. Mubarak is "critical but stable," the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that since he arrived in Tora prison, he suffered from acute depression, difficulty in breathing and hypertension.
Prison officials had indicated last week they agreed that Gamal, his son also held at Tora pending another trial for bribery, will be moved to be closer to his father. Hosni Mubarak has also requested that Alaa his other detained son will be closer to him.
One of Mubarak's lawyers, Mr. Farid el-Dib, for his part said he "would take the Interior Ministry and the Attorney General responsible if Mubarak died in prison" without receiving appropriate care. "His condition is not stable, it needs to be monitored 24 hours," he was quoted by the daily al-Masry al-Youm.