Official: Prison hospital readying for Mubarak

Story highlights

  • Interior ministry: 50 former Mubarak officials will be moved to other facilities
  • Mubarak is currently at a military hospital outside Cairo
  • He faces charges of corruption and ordering protesters' deaths
  • Lawmakers and protesters have called for his transfer to the prison hospital
Egypt's interior minister has ordered officials to prepare for the arrival of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at a hospital in Cairo's Tora prison, a spokesman said.
Mubarak is currently being held at a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo.
He has not been admitted into prison since his detention in April.
The ailing former president is on trial on charges of corruption and ordering the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the clashes that led to his downfall. He has denied the charges.
Some Egyptian lawmakers recently called for Mubarak's transfer to the Tora hospital during an emergency meeting following riots in Port Said last week.
The move could also be a move to appease protesters clashing with police outside the Interior Ministry, who have also criticized authorities' handling of the trial.
A judge is expected to announce when a ruling will be made in Mubarak's case later this month.
The interior minister also ordered that former members of Mubarak's regime should be moved from Tora to five different prisons throughout the country, Mustapha said.
About 50 former officials from Mubarak's government will be moved to other facilities within 48 hours, the interior minister said.
Some members of parliament had asked authorities to separate the imprisoned former officials after allegations surfaced that they could be conspiring behind bars.