Hosni Mubarak having cancer treatment in Saudi: Paper

March 2nd, 2011 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, March 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Contradictory to official statements, Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak is undergoing cancer treatment in Saudi Arabia, an Egyptian newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Al-Akhbar daily said Mubarak, 82, was at a military base in Tabouk where he received chemotherapy for pancreas and intestinal cancer every five days, and his family was there with him.

The newspaper said Egypt’s long-time leader left for Saudi Arabia two days after he was forced to step down by two weeks of protests.

The Supreme Council of Egypt’s Armed Forces and the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh have denied the reports.

Some media have said the former president has returned to the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, whereas the Al-Youm al-Sabia popular newspaper said Mubarak had been banned from leaving the country and was in hospital in Egypt.

Mubarak has not been seen in public since stepping down as president Feb 11. His residence in Sharm el-Sheikh is heavily guarded.

Some media reports say he has been entertaining guests.

Egypt’s top prosecutor, Abdel Magid Mahmoud, officially banned Mubarak and his family from leaving the country Monday and ordered seizure of his property and that of his family as part of corruption investigations.

Prior to his resignation, Mubarak had said he was determined to stay in the country and would die in his homeland.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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