Mubarak Has 'Health Crisis' After Guilty Verdict

He is now in the prison hospital
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2012 8:04 AM CDT
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Hosni Mubarak had some kind of health problem today after his guilty verdict and life sentence, reports Reuters. It's still not clear what's going on, but state TV said the former Egyptian leader, who had been brought into court in a wheelchair and propped up on a hospital stretcher to hear the verdict, "was afflicted by a health crisis upon his arrival at Torah Prison and is being treated in the helicopter." Later, he was admitted into the prison hospital, notes another Reuters dispatch.

One unconfirmed TV report said Mubarak had a heart attack, notes AP. If it sounds familiar, it's because Mubarak had a similar thing happen last year when he was first due to be questioned about his role in the deaths of Arab Spring protesters. The 84-year-old has complained of a slew of health ailments over the last year and has been held in military hospitals. Today's move to a prison hospital comes after he was convicted of failing to stop the deaths of protesters. Mubarak and his sons, however, were cleared on corruption charges. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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