Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mubarak Suffers Reported Heart Attack while Facing Egypt's Corruption Claims

The ousted Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, was taken to hospital yesterday, shortly after he appeared before investigators to answer corruption claims. 

The 82-year-old reportedly suffered a heart attack while being questioned. He is said to be receiving medical treatment in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has been in internal exile since an mass uprising toppled him earlier this year. 

Egypt's interim government issued subpoenas to the former leader and his sons over the weekend, compelling them to testify in court over claims that they illicitly acquired wealth and abused their power during Mubarak's three-decade reign over the Arab world's most populous nation. 

News of Mubarak's admittance to hospital emerged just hours after the prime minister, Essam Sharaf, used a live TV address to vow that "no one is above the law".

Pro-reform protesters have made the prosecution of Mubarak a cornerstone of their demands in the weeks following the president's resignation.