Mubarak healthy enough to go to trial: Egypt govt

Mubarak, whose trial will begin tomorrow, is under arrest in a Sharm el-Sheikh hospital.

Cairo: On the eve of the much-awaited
court hearing of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian authorities today
said the 83-year-old former president is healthy enough to
travel to Cairo to stand trial for killing of pro-democracy
activists during a popular uprising that ousted his regime.

Mubarak, whose trial will begin tomorrow, is under
arrest in a Sharm el-Sheikh hospital since April, where he is
undergoing treatment for a heart condition.

Egyptian Health Minister Amr Helmy told `Al-Masry
Al-Youm` newspaper that Mubarak can travel to stand trial in
Cairo and the cabinet would coordinate with the Health and
Interior ministries to transport Mubarak.

The Health Ministry will ensure that a medical team
and healthcare are provided for Mubarak during the trip, but
the Interior Ministry is responsible for other necessary
procedures, Helmy said.

He said Mubarak`s health condition has not changed
recently and he still suffers depression and a low appetite.
However, it is not clear whether Mubarak`s doctors
will allow transferring him from the Red Sea resort town to
the capital city.

The trial will include Mubarak`s sons, Alaa and Gamal,
former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his
assistants. Mubarak was forced to resign in February after the
nationwide revolt.

Besides the killing of protesters, Mubarak has been
charged with involvement in corruption and abuse of power.

If found guilty of the murder charge, Mubarak may be executed.


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