Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, under house arrest at a Sharm-el-Sheikh resort, was suddenly hospitalized Tuesday for a heart attack while he was being questioned for alleged corruption and the murder of 300 demonstrators this year. His condition is reported to be "stable."
After he was rushed to a hospital in his armored Mercedes, protesters suspected that the 82-year-old Mubarak is faking illness in order to evade the criminal probe, and they demonstrated outside his hospital at the Red Sea resort, carrying a sign proclaiming, “Here is the Butcher.”
Mubarak, ousted after unprecedented massive demonstrations that erupted into violent clashes with Egyptian police, faces charges of pocketing millions of dollars during his 30-year-old reign. His sons Gamal and Alaa also are to be questioned, and his family’s wealth is estimated to be valued at $70 billion dollars.
He underwent gall bladder surgery last year and is reportedly ailing from cancer, which he never has admitted. His condition is not known, but Al Jazeera reported that he has been complaining "for some time” that he does not feel well.
Mubarak, who maintained a cold if not frigid peace with Israel, has been replaced by a provisional military regime that is outwardly hostile to Israel while establishing close contacts with the Hamas terrorist government in Gaza.