DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
July 18, 2011
CAIRO — Conflicts about the deteriorating health of former President Hosni Mubarak reached a new peak on Sunday, when his lawyer announced he had suffered a stroke and slipped into a coma, only to be contradicted hours later by state television and hospital officials who said he had a temporary bout of low blood pressure.
The questionable health alarms, which were not the first the lawyer has raised, occurred two weeks before Mr. Mubarak, 83, is to stand trial on charges of corruption and ordering demonstrators to be killed. Thousand s of protesters have occupied Tahrir Square in Cairo for more than a week demanding his vigorous prosecution and, in heated moments, his swift execution.
While his two sons and several of his former associates have been imprisoned, Mr. Mubarak has been confined, under guard, to a hospital near his home in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik since April, when he complained of chest pains while being questioned by prosecutors.
Last month, Mr. Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid el-Deeb, said that in addition, the former president had cancer. But like the coma claims on Sunday, those reports were quickly countered by officials in the Sharm el Sheik hospital and the Health Ministry, who said that Mr. Mubarak had only a heart condition and depression.
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