Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak is in intensive care in a hospital after reportedly suffering a heart attack, according to state-run media.
The deposed leader allegedly suffered the attack as he was being interrogated by state prosecutors over charges that he was deeply involved in corruption that provided him and his family with vast wealth.
Mubarak's two sons, Alaa and Gamal, are also being are being questioned at the prosecutor's office in the provincial capital of el-Tor in South Sinai.
Mubarak, 82, is in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, the Red Sea resort town where he has been living since he resigned in mid-February after more than two weeks of intense anti-government protests.
When asked if Mubarak was in good health, Mohammed Fathallah, the hospital's director, replied: Somewhat, according to Al Jazeera.
Associated Press reported that Anti-Mubarak protesters are demonstrating outside the hospital, carrying placard which read Here is the butcher.” They clashed with supporters of the ex-president.
Mubarak is under very heavy police protection at the hospital, according to Egyptian security officials,
BBC also reported that Mubarak (who is forbidden to leave Egypt) was denied a request by the ruling military council to fly to Germany to seek medical treatment for various ailments. (When he was in power he would frequently journey to Germany for medical check-ups).
Al Jazeera reported that Mubarak has reportedly refused to eat or drink anything on Tuesday.
Some are skeptical of the timing of Mubarak’s hospitalization, given that he was being questioned by prosecutors over his alleged crimes.
Demonstrators have long demanded Mubarak be out on trial.
I feel that I'm watching a ridiculous soap opera that has been dragging on now, and directed by the military junta, for more than two months, an Egyptian pro-democracy activist, told Al Jazeera.
I think the demands of the revolutionaries and the millions of Egyptians who took to the streets since the start of the uprising has been to put Hosni Mubarak on trial. Not just for financial corruption ... but for the murder of protesters and for treason.”