[QODLink]
Middle East
Mubarak to be moved to military hospital
Egypt's top prosecutor orders the transfer after medical exams showed that the ex-leader is stable enough for the move.
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2011 22:12
Hosni Mubarak, currently in hospital, is scheduled to remain in detention until April 28 [AFP]

Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered that Hosni Mubarak, the former president, be moved from his hospital in a Red Sea resort town to a military medical facility.

Sunday's announcement is the latest in a string of setbacks for the former strongman, who is held on suspicion of corruption and violence against protesters in the uprising that toppled him.

Mubarak was originally supposed to be moved to Cairo's Tora prison hospital, but it was deemed not yet ready to receive him, a spokesman for the prosecutor general, Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud, said in a statement posted on the prosecutor's Facebook page.

Instead, the former president will stay in a military hospital until the prison facility is ready.

"The public prosecutor addressed the interior minister, informing him to take the necessary steps to move the former president ... to a military hospital, to implement a custody order," the statement said.

A report by a top forensic medical official said Mubarak could be moved without endangering his health, as long as he was given appropriate medical treatment.

Mubarak's two sons are also being investigated for corruption allegations, and for their role in the shooting of protesters during the 18 days of demonstrations against their father's rule.

Mubarak is scheduled to stay in custody until April 28, but his detention will most likely be extended.

Thousands of Egyptians had demanded that Mubarak be placed in a prison compound, where his sons and many of his former ministers and officials are housed, instead of staying in hospital.

The detention of Mubarak, his sons and many of their top allies was a key demand for the pro-democracy protesters.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
President Poroshenko arrives in Washington on Thursday with money and military aid on his mind, analysts say.
Early players in private medicine often focused on volume over quality, turning many Chinese off for-profit care.
Al Jazeera asked people across Scotland what they think about the prospect of splitting from the United Kingdom.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
join our mailing list