Hosni Mubarak May Be in Coma

    Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak gestures as he is wheeled out of a courtroom following his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2, 2012. A judge sentenced Mubarak to life in prison after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak may be in a  coma Monday mere weeks after being sentenced to life in prison for complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s Arab Spring uprisings. One government spokesman made the claim early Monday, but later another spokesman offered a conflicting report, saying Mubarak is having breathing trouble but not in a coma. The disgraced 84-year-old’s health has been deteriorating since his sentencing. “His two sons, Gamal and Alaa, submitted a request to the prison authority to move beside him, and it has been accepted,” Interior Ministry spokesman Alaa Mahmoud told reporters Monday. Security officials told the Associated Press that doctors had to use a defibrillator twice on the ailing Mubarak, but did not elaborate further. Mubarak, who was wheeled into court proceedings on a hospital gurney, is currently in a prison hospital in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

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