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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Mubarak out of hospital and back in prison
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was transferred from a military hospital back to prison to await a retrial in May over his role in the deaths of protesters in 2011, a security source said.
Mubarak was taken by ambulance to Tora prison under heavy security escort, the source told AFP.
Egypt's public prosecutor ordered Mubarak back to prison on Wednesday after his health was deemed stable.
Mubarak, 84, was being treated for a heart condition, fractured ribs, fluid in the lungs, depression and high blood pressure, according to his lawyers and official accounts.
The transfer, however, was delayed as hundreds of his supporters gathered outside the military hospital in the Cairo suburb of Maadi in a bid to prevent his return to prison, the security source said.
Mubarak stunned many Egyptians when he appeared last Saturday at the opening hearing of his retrial, looking strong, defiant and waving at supporters.
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