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article imageFormer Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stomach cancer

By Sam Halaby     Jun 20, 2011 in World
Cairo - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is suffering from cancer, according to his defence lawyer, which could impact the former leader’s upcoming trial.
Mubarak, who stepped down as Egyptian president in February following almost three weeks of violent protests, has had stomach cancer since last year but had kept it secret, Mubarak’s defence attorney Farid el-Deeb said Monday.
According to el-Deeb, the cancer has "spread to his stomach and the tumours are growing."
In March 2010, Mubarak had undergone “critical surgery” in Germany to remove his gallbladder and a growth on his small intestine.
El-Deeb told the Associated Press that the former leader’s worsening condition could be attributed to a travel ban imposed in February following his ouster, preventing him from attending regular medical checkups in Germany.
He remains hospitalized in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, is reportedly suffering from heart trouble and is periodically slipping into coma due to his condition.
A request for Mubarak’s German physician to treat him is currently pending a decision from the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, who has been overseeing the country’s affairs since Mubarak stepped down from power February 11th.
According to a report released in May by a group of government-appointed medical experts, Mubarak has been deemed too ill to stand trial. They also believe that he is unable to be detained in a Cairo prison pending trial, due to the health facilities being deemed inadequate for treating his ailments.
Activists believe this is a ruse to avoid prosecution, and threatening further protests if Mubarak is given amnesty. One judge told Al Jazeera that a trial could take place while he is still hospitalized.
At least 846 protesters were killed during the 18-day revolt, which brought Mubarak down after three decades of power. Charges against the former leader include ordering the murder of protesters during the uprisings, among others.
Mubarak’s trial is scheduled for August, and could face the death penalty, if found guilty.
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