Reports of Bad Health Grow for Egypt's Mubarak
Questions about his health, wealth and whereabouts have been swirling since last week, and the Egyptian ambassador to the U.S., Sameh Shoukry, tried to shed some light on the first one Monday.
Speaking Monday on NBC's "Today" show, Shoukry said he "might have received some communication at a personal level that (Mubarak) is possibly in somewhat of bad health," but said he was unable to give further details.
Shoukry admitted he had not been in direct contact with Mubarak since the ex-president left office, adding that for the most part he is also just "following the rumors and press reports."
Two Cairo newspapers said Mubarak was refusing to take medication, depressed and repeatedly passing out at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The Associated Press said they were unable to confirm the reports.
There were also rumors in the Egyptian press that Mubarak had slipped into a coma, and that he was possibly in the terminal stages of cancer. The most recent official update from Mubarak on his health came last year, when he had surgery in Germany to remove his gallbladder.
On Sunday, the German ambassador to Egypt put to rest rumors that Mubarak had traveled back to Germany to receive treatment for cancer after leaving office. Mubarak would have needed a visa, and as yet had not applied for one.
The U.K. daily Guardian reported Sunday that a guard near Mubarak's Sharm el-Sheikh residence had let slip that Mubarak was indeed at his resort home, but could not get further details out of the guard.
Meanwhile, international momentum was building to move against international assets of Mubarak, his family and regime officials, the AP reports.
The United States is examining requests from Egypt's new government to freeze the assets of top Mubarak aides, but not the president himself, a senior U.S. official told the AP. The European Union will also discuss the request, said British Foreign Secretary William Hague. Luxembourg's prime minister said the EU should follow Switzerland's lead in moving to identify and freeze the deposed president's assets.
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