General rubbishes reports of death of Hosni Mubarark
A member of Egypt’s ruling military council has described reports of the death of jailed former dictator Hosni Mubarak as “nonsense”.
General Said Abbas was speaking after state media reported that the 84-year-old Mubarak had been declared “clinically dead” after suffering a heart attack this morning.
But three sources in the military and security services told the Reuters news agency that the former president was unconscious and on a respirator, but was still alive.
General Abbas said: “Any talk of him being clinically dead is nonsense.”
“He is completely unconscious. He is using artificial respiration,” another military source told Reuters.
Another separate security source gave the same account and dismissed the report issued by the state news agency saying: “It is still early to say that he is clinically dead.”
The MENA state media service had earlier reported that “former president Hosni Mubarak has clinically died following his arrival at Maadi military hospital on Tuesday evening,” quoting medical sources.
“Mubarak’s heart stopped beating and was subjected to a defibrillator several times but did not respond,” MENA said.
Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for ordering the killing of protesters who helped end his three-decade rule in February last year.
The first reports of his apparent death came as thousands of people rallied in central Cairo in protest against the ruling military council’s latest power grab.
Reporters on the scene said the crowds fell silent as first news of the former dictator’s apparent death broke.
Egypt is on edge after both candidates in Sunday’s presidential elections declared victory.
With official results not expected to be announced until Thursday, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi and his rival, former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, both claimed to have won more than 50 per cent of the vote.
The protesters in Tahrir Square were angry at the ruling military council’s move to give itself sweeping new powers – which was announced just as vote counting began on Sunday.
basically dead but not quite..it comes at a very crucial time for egypt..as the military keeps its firm hand on power..