Minister of Interior Mansour El-Essawy
Minister of Interior Mansour El-Eissawi downallegations that the interim government does not want to transfer ousted president Hosni Mubarak to Tora Prison, saying only his deteriorating health condition is keeping him in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Mubarak, 83, is remanded in police custody on charges of illicit profiteering and ordering the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution.
Many of those in his oligarchy accused of similar charges have been incarcerated in Tora Prison pending investigations.
Mubarak’s “critical” health condition is the only reason he did not catch up with the former regime figures in jail, insists El-Eissawi.
“When a decision is made by the general prosecutor to transfer the former president, the ministry will take the necessary steps to transfer him right away,” El-Eissawi said in the international forum “The Directions of the Democratic Transformation, International Experiences and Learned Lessons,” in Cairo.
“The situation is completely different after the January 25 Revolution: people are enjoying freedom and democracy that they have never enjoyed before.”
Late last month the general prosecution said Mubarak will remain in Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital as his life will be jeopardised should he be transferred to the Tora Prison hospital.
A medical committee consisting of six doctors, including four cardiologists, confirmed that the ex-commander-in-chief mustn’t be moved from Sharm El-Sheikh due to multiple health problems - not to mention severe depression.
The committee added that Tora Prison’s hospital is “not currently equipped to host a patient in critical condition.”