Prisons Department refuses Mubarak his personal physicians

The Interior Ministry’s Prisons Department has refused former President Hosni Mubarak’s request for his two personal physicians to follow up on his health condition and supervise his treatment inside the Tora Prison hospital.

“The Prisons Department refused the former president’s request, as under department rules and regulations the health situation of all inmates is only followed up by department-appointed doctors, or by consultants from outside the department, to examine the inmate’s condition, then leave without resorting to any non-department resident medical teams," said a security source.

Dr. Sayed Abdel Hafez and Dr. Amin Mohamed had been responsible for Mubarak’s treatment at the International Medical Center, where he was being held before hearing his verdict on Saturday.

Mubarak has received a blue prison uniform and Prisons Department officials took his mug shot and gave him a prisoner number like all other inmates.

A judge sentenced Mubarak, 84, and his former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly to life in prison on Saturday for involvement in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that ousted them from power last year. Mubarak, the only autocrat toppled in the Arab Spring to be put in the trial dock, could have been sent to the gallows, as was demanded by the prosecution. He was also cleared of graft charges.

The same security source told MENA: "Gamal and Alaa [Mubarak] did not request a transfer to Tora Prison with their father, and this would be a violation of Prisons Department regulations, which state that detainees must be kept separate from inmates, which applies to their case.”

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