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Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat – Sources within the Egyptian Interior Ministry informed Asharq Al-Awsat that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s health is “not stable”, whilst describing his psychological state as being “very bad” as reports reveal that he fears that prison doctors are trying to kill him. Interior Ministry sources also strongly denied reports that Mubarak had slipped into a coma in the Tora prison hospital where he – along with his two sons Alaa and Gamal – are being held.

Speculation has been rife regarding the health of the former Egyptian president, aged 84, since his conviction on charges of failing to stop the killing of protesters during the Egyptian revolution and subsequent sentence of life imprisonment. Mubarak was transferred to Cairo’s Tora prison immediately following his conviction on 2 June and he is being held in the prison’s medical ward.

Security sources also informed Asharq Al-Awsat that a team of medical doctors from the Egyptian Prison Service and Interior Ministry was formed to assess Mubarak’s health in prison. The medical team’s report revealed that Mubarak continues to suffer from breathing problems which occasionally cause him to lose consciousness and requires that he be placed on a ventilator, in addition to cardiac arrhythmia and high blood pressure. However the medical report stressed that despite these health complications, the Tora prison hospital is well-equipped to deal with Mubarak’s condition and this does not necessitate the former Egyptian president being transferred to a private hospital, as has been called for by Mubarak’s lawyer Farid el-Deeb.

Farid el-Deeb has been petitioning for Mubarak to be transferred to a better equipped military hospital due to the former president’s fragile health. He also raised questions about the level of health care being provided to Mubarak at Tora prison claiming that the prison doctors were unable to operate the ventilator on Mubarak’s first night in prison, stressing “this can’t be called a hospital.”

Appearing on a late night TV programme broadcast on CBC TV, a private station, Mubarak’s lawyer revealed that “Mubarak doesn’t trust anyone anymore. He was surprised to find new doctors treating him, not the ones who treated him before, and is afraid to take anything from anyone. He doesn’t recognize the faces around him. This is a big problem for him.”

El-Deeb also claimed that Mubarak fears his doctors are out to kill him, revealing that during a 90-minute visit with the former president in Tora prison, Mubarak lost consciousness three times and that he told him “help me, Farid…I’m uncomfortable and I don’t feel safe. I feel they [the doctors] are ordered to kill me.”

Farid el-Deeb claimed that the Egyptian authorities’ decision to transfer Mubarak to Tora prison came as a surprise to him and his legal team because Mubarak’s personal doctors had said that the former president’s health condition does not permit this.

Egyptian security sources also informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the presence of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak in Tora prison has helped the former president accept his imprisonment there and has resulted in a positive response to medical treatments prescribed by the Tora prison medical staff. The source added that Mubarak refuses to take any medicine before consulting with his two sons over fears that somebody could try to kill him by prescribing him the wrong medication.