Lawyer says Mubarak in full coma, hospital denies

09:52, July 18, 2011      

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak smiles during a meeting with Bavarian state premier Edmund Stoiber in Munich in this file photo taken July 5, 2004. The director of a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where Mubarak is being treated denied a statement from his lawyer that the former president had fallen into a coma, state television reported on July 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The lawyer of Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak said Mubarak is in a full coma, but hospital sources denied the statement, state TV said on Sunday.

The former president was in a full coma after his health suddenly deteriorated, state TV quoted his lawyer as saying.

But the same channel then said the manager of the hospital where Mubarak was held denied the lawyer's statement.

Mubarak is under custody since mid-April in the International Hospital of Sharm el-Sheikh for heart problems.

His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, have been since then detained in the Tora prison in southern Cairo. They were scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 3 with charges of killing protesters and corruption.

Source: Xinhua

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