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Israeli lawmaker says he offered Mubarak asylum

Egypt's ousted president, Mubarak, turned down an offer of asylum in Israel during Egypt's revolt 'because he was a patriot' says Israeli lawmaker

AP, Wednesday 3 Aug 2011
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An Israeli lawmaker says he offered the embattled Hosni Mubarak asylum in Israel but the then-president of Egypt turned him down "because he was a patriot."

Lawmaker Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Army Radio he made the offer several months ago when visiting Mubarak, who, at the time, was besieged by protests.

The two men are friends.

A government spokesman was not able to immediately say whether the offer had been cleared with the government.

The 83-year-old Mubarak was toppled from power in February after a nearly 30-year autocratic reign.

He was wheeled into a Cairo courtroom on a gurney Wednesday at the start of his historic trial on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him.

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