Tora Prison Hospital ready for Mubarak: Official
Ahram Online, Monday 16 Apr 2012
Ministry of Interior official says renovations at Tora Prison Hospital are complete; Mubarak could be transfered upon court's decision


Renovations of the Tora Prison Hospital have been finished and the administration is waiting for the order to transfer ousted president Hosni Mubarak to the facility, said General Mohamed Naguib, assistant to the Minister of Interior for Prison Affairs.

Naguib said that he was informed by the company overseeing the renovation work that the hospital was complete.

After the prosecutor-general ordered that Mubarak be detained pending investigations before his trial, he was moved to the Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital.

Mubarak's deteriorating health and the lack of adequate facilities at the Tora Prison Hospital were cited as reasons for keeping him at his present location.

The 83-year-old was transferred to the International Medical Centre, a military hospital on the Cairo-Ismailia road, when the trial began.

Many political groups, however, began demanding that Mubarak be incarcerated in Tora Prison and accused the authorities of making false excuses to keep him out of jail. Once Egypt's new parliament was elected, MPs made it their first priority to oversee the deposed president's transfer to the hospital. Although Parliament's request was approved by the Ministry of Interior in early February, renovation work stalled the process.

Hosni Mubarak is currently on trial for corruption and instigating the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 25 uprising. He was forced to step down on 11 February.

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