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‘Mubarak in S Arabia over cancer’

Posted by on March 2, 2011 0 Comment

The ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly been hospitalized and treated in a military medical center in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

According to a report published in Wednesday’s edition of the state-owned al-Akhbar newspaper, the 82-year-old Mubarak is in Tabuk, located 989 kilometers (614 miles) west of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, and receiving chemotherapy for one hour every five days for colon and pancreatic cancers.

The report added that his family is with him in the private wing of the military hospital.

Meanwhile, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which now has control of Egyptian affairs, denied an earlier media report that said Mubarak and his family had sought to flee to oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

Mubarak’s wellbeing has been subject to frequent speculation, particularly since last March when he underwent a gallbladder surgery in Heidelberg, Germany. He was accompanied by his wife and members of his family during his stay in Germany.

Egyptian officials have said Mubarak has been in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since he stepped down on February 11 after millions of pro-democracy demonstrators staged rallies for 18 days.

On Monday, Egypt put in place a travel ban on Hosni Mubarak and his family and blocked their money transfers. It also froze their assets, including their real estate, stocks and bonds in companies and banks.

Egypt’s Prosecutor General Abdel Abdel Magid Mahmud said the measure was taken after his office received several complaints about how Mubarak acquired his wealth by unlawful means.

On February 21, Mahmud asked Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit to request that the foreign assets of the former Egyptian ruler and his family be frozen.

Hosni Mubarak’s family fortune is estimated to be as much as USD 70bn. Much of his wealth is said to be deposited in British and Swiss banks or tied up in real estate in London, New York, Los Angeles and along the Red Sea coast.


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