Egypt’s ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak has been defibrillated after his heart stopped beating twice, days after being moved to the Tora prison on the outskirts of Cairo, an Egyptian source says.
On Monday, a prison hospital source said that Mubarak’s heart had stopped beating twice, prompting doctors to use a defibrillator.
“He has been in and out of consciousness and has been refusing food," the source added.
Earlier reports said that the former ruler had been in “critical but stable” condition.
Doctors say Mubarak suffers from irregular heartbeat and have reportedly had to use a respirator several times since Saturday, June 2, when he was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of nearly 900 pro-democracy protesters during the country’s revolution last year.
Six top police commanders were acquitted of the same charge due to what the judge described as a “lack of concrete evidence”.
Before the verdict, the 84-year-old was kept in the military-run International Medical Center on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo.
The prison officials have said that he is suffering from breathing problems, high blood pressure and depression.
Mubarak’s verdict sparked fierce clashes between the families of the victims and security officials inside the court as angry spectators called the court illegitimate and demanded that he be executed.