Mubarak refusing to eat food as his trial approaches
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Cairo, July 27: To go on trial next week on charges that could carry the death penalty, deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is refusing to eat solid food in jail and is suffering from "severe infirmity", official news agency MENA reported.
It quoted Muhammad Fathallah, the head of the hospital in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El Sheik as saying that Mubarak was only partaking liquids and had lost weight.
Mubarak, 83, has been in hospital in the resort town, near his summer home, since he complained of heart pains when first interrogated after being detained on April 1.
"He completely abstains from food and intakes only some liquid and juices", the doctor was quoted, adding that his condition was becoming "precarious".
Mubarak is scheduled to stand trial on August 3 with his two sons and former interior minister Habib Al-Adil and six police commanders.
A judge has ruled that Mubarak would face trial with Al-Adil on charges of police opening fire on protesters at the iconic Tahrir square.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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