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Mubarak in coma after stroke,but off life support

He was transferred to a military hospital from the Cairo prison hospital

Written by Associated Press | Cairo | Published: June 21, 2012 12:45:06 am

Hosni Mubarak was in a coma on Wednesday but off life support and his heart and other vital organs were functioning,according to security officials.

Overnight,state media reported that the 84-year-old former president,ousted in last year’s uprising and now serving a life sentence in prison,suffered a stroke and was put on life support. He was transferred to a military hospital from the Cairo prison hospital where he has been kept since his June 2 conviction and sentencing for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising.

The reports even suggested he was “clinically dead”. However,within hours of the reports,a new sense of political intrigue compounded the confusion over his health after one of his lawyers contradicted what he called false reports.

The new account from the lawyer,Youssri Abdel Razeq,said that Mubarak simply fell down in the prison bathroom.

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