• Ousted leader suffers heart attack as sons questioned
  • Mubarak and sons facing series of abuse allegations
  • Former leader remains hospitalised in intensive care

FORMER Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was in intensive care last night after suffering a heart attack during questioning by prosecutors investigating corruption and abuse allegations.

The ousted leader, 82, was admitted to hospital amid heavy security. He is currently in intensive care, according to the official MENA news agency.

Mubarak's admission came as prosecutors began questioning his sons, Alaa and Gamal, in the south Sinai capital of al-Tor.

Mubarak was taken to the Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital at 5pm local time, in the Red Sea resort where he has been living with his family since nationwide protests forced him to step down in February.

State television reported that Mubarak had refused to eat or drink since he received news yesterday morning that he was to be questioned.

On Sunday, public prosecutor Abdel Magid Mahmud ordered the inquiry, as part of a sweeping probe into corruption and abuse.

Nationwide protests that erupted on January 25 forced Mubarak to give up his 30-year grip on power and hand the reins to a military council.

"Mubarak was admitted to the Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital this afternoon, amid a very heavy security presence in the town," a security source told AFP.

He was admitted by his bodyguards to the VIP wing of the hospital, state television reported, adding that the hospital was not accepting any patients except for emergency cases.

Asked if Mubarak was in good health, hospital director Mohammed Fathallah replied, "Somewhat."

The state-owned daily Al-Ahram, citing sources in Sharm el-Sheikh, said on its website that Mubarak had gone to hospital "under the pretext of being unwell in order to avoid facing questioning."

The Mubaraks were to be asked about allegations that they were "connected to the crimes of assault against protesters, leading to deaths and injuries," the official MENA news agency said.

The riots, which saw repeated clashes between protesters, and police and Mubarak loyalists left an estimated 800 people dead and more than 6000 injured.

The former president was also to be quizzed about allegations of graft.


It's termed 'Karma' Mubarak, you'll get No compassion out of me you Criminal!