BREAKING: Hosni Mubarak Reportedly “Clinically Dead”?

Updated, June 19, 6:45pm EST. Al Jazeera is now reporting that there are “conflicting” reports about whether deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak might be dead or not. The New York Times is now reporting that he is on life support.


Al Jazeera and the New York Times are reporting that deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is “clinically dead” after he was moved from prison to a hospital.

Mubarak has  been given a life sentence in prison on June 2 for not stopping the killing of protesters in last year’s revolution against him. Egyptian’s state news agency, MENA, had reported earlier on Tuesday that his health had deteriorated and that he had suffered a stroke. Doctors in the prison said that the 84-year-old Mubarak, who has high blood pressure, breathing difficulties and “deep depression,” had fallen unconscious today. His lawyers had requested he be moved to a military hospital in Maadi, a suburb near Torah Prison.

On Tuesday, tens of thousands gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest two decrees issued last week by the Supreme Council fo Arms Forces (SCAF), the military council that has ruled Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February of 2011. On Thursday, the SCAF had ordered the immediate dissolution of Egypt’s Parliament, where Islamists held the majority of seats, on the grounds that recent elections for seats in the lower house were unconstitutional. On Sunday — the second day of run-off presidential elections — the SCAF said that it was amending the 2011 constitutional declaration to give the generals (i.e., those running the SCAF) complete control over legislative and military matters until new parliamentary elections could be held.

The huge protest today in Tahrir was organized by the Muslim Brotherhood who says its candidate, Mohammed Mursi, the US-educated engineer who is the leader of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), had received 51.74 of the vote and won the election. His opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, a former aviation minister and the last prime minister under Mubarak, is said to have received 48.26 percent of the vote.

Both candidates are claiming that they have won the election.

Activists have called the SCAF’s decrees the equivalent of a “military coup.” Reporting from Cairo, BBC’s Jon Leyne said that protesters are shouting phrases such as “Down with the military”; “wake up field marshal, this is the last day” (a reference to SCAF head Field Marshal Tantawi who said it would hand over power to civilians by the end of June); “erhal” — which Leyne says is the “most familiar cry” of all and means “leave.”

Previous Care2 Coverage

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory, Shafiq Disputes

Egyptian High Court Dissolves Parliament

Mother of Murdered Egyptian Activist Speaks (Video)

 

Photo of a June 5 anti-Shafiq march to Tahrir by Gigi Ibrahim

10 comments

Prentise W.
pre,tpse w5 years ago

A lot of people in power are clinically dead -- they're just still walking around.

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Virginia B.
Virginia B5 years ago

Every time I hear about dictators or corrupt politicians being at "death's door", just as they're supposed to appear in court for their crimes I just roll my eyes! Having spent some time living in a country under a dictatorship, I know that this is a typical ploy to garner sympathy and escape punishment. So obvious! I've been thinking this the whole time they wheeled Mubarek into the courtroom. He's probably in fine health!

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Bill Eagle
Bill E5 years ago

Clinically dead? That means that there will be no come back.

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Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

I'm sorry to say something this awful, but if he is clincally dead it's a good thing for the people of Syria.

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Marie Therese Hanulak
Marie Therese H5 years ago

One less peice of garbage on the planet.
Poor people, they are not out of the woods!

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Robert Ludwig
Robert Ludwig5 years ago

If you don't like the way the game is going, kick over the table and pull a gun.

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Billie C.
Billie C5 years ago

the people of egypt jumped from the frying pan into the fire. the muslim brotherhood will make sure the few freedoms women had will be stripped away. another radical muslim state in the making and obama gave them our money.

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Mandi A.
Amanda A5 years ago

Thank you for the update.

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Beka C.
ilja c5 years ago

Anyhow, this moment lot of Egyptians are unemployed, some steel, some are close to violence. Country with more than 70 millions need to be little bit more controlled. Meaning
democracy after stability stage.

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