Former Egyptian President Mubarak hospitalized

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was admitted to a hospital Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the Egyptian military.

Egyptian state television reported Mubarak suffered a heart attack during questioning over possible corruption charges. When contacted by CNN, however, the prosecutor’s office denied any reports Mubarak had been questioned by authorities Tuesday.

Mubarak was hospitalized at Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital, state media reported.

Mubarak had back surgery in Germany in 2004, and returned there in 2010 to have his gall bladder removed. He had largely withdrawn from public view in recent years, until this year’s uprising prompted him to make televised speeches.

Mubarak stepped down February 11 and handed over power to the military, his nearly three decades of iron rule ended by a groundswell of popular protests that began January 25.

( / 12.04.2011)

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