'Help me Farid,' [Mubarak] said in a very faint voice. He said: 'I'm uncomfortable and I don't feel safe. I feel they are ordered to kill me.'Farid el-Deeb, the lawyer for former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak • Discussing the fears that his client, the former dictator of Egypt now serving an effective life sentence, has in dealing with the doctors at a prison hospital. Mubarak has suffered from high blood pressure, breathing issues, and depression, and yesterday had to twice be defibrillated when doctors couldn’t find his pulse — el-Deeb paints a picture in which Mubarak, faced with new doctors he doesn’t recognize, fears he’ll be killed. The very fact that Mubarak is at a prison hospital is a contentious matter, as many still incensed by his nearly thirty year reign have called for him to be held in a customary prison, but doctors have concluded his health won’t permit it. source (via • follow)
Sights and sounds on the ground: Egyptians packed into Tahrir Square today in celebration (with some underlying tension, due to the continued rule of the Military Council) of the anniversary of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s reign. That there are complex and treacherous political problems facing the nation going forward is undeniable, but there’s no shame in taking a moment to look back at just how much Egypt has changed in one year. source
» Showing off at cleaning house: Going thousands strong, it’s easy enough to see that the Egypt’s ruling military council would want a means of positive P.R. to quell a protest movement (as well as less activist sections of the public) that’s clamoring for purges of Mubarak-connected officials. What effect this decision will actually have in the day-to-day matters of policing within Egypt is too hard to say right now, but that the military is taking any sort of giving posture speaks to the strength and legitimacy of continuing protests in Tahrir Square.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak might have stomach cancer. It’s not set in stone, but his defense lawyer says that there’s significant evidence that Mubarak, 83, might have the disease. He’s already been in the hospital for heart troubles, as well as surgery to have his gallbladder and part of his pancreas removed. He’s supposed to go on trial August 3 for killing the protesters who forced him to leave office — but his compounding health issues could put a major crimp in that. source