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Mubarak refusing to eat or drink, doctors say

The ousted former president may be treated intravenously, say doctors, though critics suspect such reports are part of a strategy to elude trial on 3 August

AP, Wednesday 27 Jul 2011
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Hosni Mubarak's chief doctor says the ousted Egyptian president is refusing to eat or drink and has lost weight — increasing speculation he won't stand trial next week as scheduled.

Assem Azzam described Mubarak's physical state as "almost stable," but said he suffers from severe depression. He said Tuesday doctors would consider feeding Mubarak intravenously if his condition deteriorates.

Mubarak has been under house arrest in a hospital in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh since April after being forced from power by a mass popular uprising.

Rumors about his declining health have been rife.

Critics suspect they are a ruse to sway public opinion to prevent Mubarak from standing trial on charges of corruption and killing protesters during the uprising. His trial is to begin 3 August.

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