Hosni Mubarak fell ill

The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been hospitalized at the Red Sea port of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has been staying since he was ousted from power by a popular uprising on February 11.

He has been under house arrest in Sharm el-Sheikh ever since he was ousted from power. The former president has been complaining that he’s been unwell for some time now.

Egyptian security said that Mubarak arrived under heavy police protection at the hospital, which was being picketed by pro-democracy activists.

Mubarak has kept a low profile since he stepped down from the presidency, but released an audio message earlier this week saying that he would cooperate fully with the prosecutor-general’s investigations into allegations of corruption committed by his himself and family members.

On Tuesday Mubarak had been expected to be questioned by investigators for the first time in connection with corruption allegations and violence against protesters during the uprising. Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal have also been summoned for questioning. The public prosecutor issued the summons on Sunday.

Khodr reported, “He was supposed to travel to Cairo to be questioned about his wealth, about his assets, by the prosecutor-general here, but he said that he was unable to travel. Now whether or not its a coincidence that he falls ill just days after the prosecutor-general decided to summon him as well as his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, for questioning about their wealth and their assets … in fact, at this hour, ministry of justice officials are questioning his sons.”

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