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Mubarak to move to military hospital

Women protested yesterday in Casablanca, Morocco, at rallies organized to call for reforms and elections. Women protested yesterday in Casablanca, Morocco, at rallies organized to call for reforms and elections. (Abdeljalil Bounhar/ AP)
Associated Press / April 25, 2011

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CAIRO — Egypt’s prosecutor general yesterday ordered former president Hosni Mubarak to be moved from his hospital in a Red Sea resort town to a military facility.

Mubarak was originally supposed to be moved to Cairo’s Tora prison hospital, but it was deemed not yet ready to receive him, said a spokesman for Prosecutor General Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud.

Instead the former president will stay in a military hospital until the prison facility is ready, said spokesman Adel Said in a statement posted on the prosecutor’s Facebook page.

“The public prosecutor addressed the interior minister, informing him to take the necessary steps to move the former president . . . to a military hospital, to implement a custody order,’’ the statement said.

A report by a top forensic medical official said Mubarak could be moved without endangering his health, as long as he was given appropriate medical treatment, added the statement.

Mubarak was hospitalized with heart problems after he and his sons were ordered into custody on April 13 while being investigated for corruption allegations and their role in the shooting of protesters during the 18 days of demonstrations against his rule. Under the pressure of those demonstrations, Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11.

Mubarak is scheduled to stay in custody for 15 days — until Thursday — but his detention will most likely be extended.

Thousands of Egyptians had demanded that Mubarak be placed in a prison compound, where his sons and many of his former ministers and officials are housed, instead of staying in a hospital.

Mubarak’s sons and the top officials of the former ruling party are being held in Cairo’s Tora prison while they are investigated on charges including corruption, squandering public funds, and ordering the violent suppression of antigovernment demonstrators.

Morocco

Several thousand people staged protests in cities around Morocco yesterday to demand more political changes.

A participant said that a group of about 5,000 protesters organized a march through a working-class neighborhood of the capital, Rabat, to call for constitutional reforms and new parliamentary elections.

The state news agency MAP said around 4,500 demonstrators also marched in Casablanca.

The protests were organized by the February 20 movement, which has led protests for the past two months, with support from Morocco’s best-known Islamist movement, Adl wal Ihsan, which is barred from politics in the kingdom.

King Mohammed VI has pledged changes to the constitution for the first time in 15 years, amid a push for greater democracy across the Arab world.

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