Ex-Egyptian leader Mubarak suffers from depression

Egypt’s ailing ex-leader Hosni Mubarak is in stable condition but he is suffering from depression, a chief physician of the Sharm el-Sheikh international hospital told Al-Ahram weekly.

Doctor says that although Mubarak has been suffering from depression for three days now, he flatly rejected any inspection by psychotherapists.

Other sources in hospital’s medical personnel say that Mubarak significantly lost weight since he was hospitalized, adding that it is very dangerous for his transfer to Mazra’a hospital in Torah prison.

A week ago Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered the transfer of Mubarak to a prison hospital in the capital Cairo, ahead of questioning over corruption and abuse allegations.

Mubarak, 82, is being investigated over the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day popular uprising that forced him from power in February.

He is also under scrutiny for alleged abuse of power during his 30-year rule, including gas exports to Israel at a low price in a secretive deal that cost Egypt $714 million.

Mubarak has been under detention in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has been treated for heart problems. The former leader has been holed up in the city since his ouster.

CAIRO, May 1 (RIA Novosti)

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