An attorney for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced earlier today that his client’s health has “suddenly deteriorated” and he has found himself in a coma, according to several news wires. While Reuters reports that sources say he is stable despite comas occurring “occasionally,” they also report that the attorney himself noted that his information only extended so far as to know Mubarak’s health was weakened.
The AFP notes that Mubarak is scheduled to be on trial for various crimes in early August, but that trial could be compromised by his current condition. Mubarak is in custody in a hospital at Sharm el-Sheikh, according to state television. Reuters quotes the lawyer as saying the following:
“I was informed about the sudden deterioration in Mubarak’s health and I am now on my way to Sharm el-Sheikh. All that I know so far is that the president is a full coma,” Mubarak’s lawyer Farid el-Deeb told Reuters. He did not give more details.
CNN has also confirmed the report, but MSNBC has also reported contradictory reports: “a medical official at the hospital where Mubarak has been held under arrest denied the report and said his condition is stable.” More as the very recently breaking story develops.
Watch the report from CNN below:
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