Minister checks prison’s readiness to receive ousted president

Minister of Interior Mansour al-Essawy made a surprise visit to Tora prison's hospital Saturday night, a senior security source said.

The source told Egyptian news agency MENA that the minister checked all the hospital's departments to determine what renovations are required to prepare it for hosting Egypt's toppled president, Hosni Mubarak.

Following the investigation, Essawy convened with his assistant for the prison sector and Tora's chief to receive a detailed report on inmates' conditions.

Earlier in April, Egypt's attorney general ordered an investigation into the possibility of transferring Mubarak to the prison.

Mubarak is currently in custody at a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, where he is receiving treatment after suffering a heart attack during questioning sessions over charges of abusing of power, financial corruption, and murdering pro-democracy protesters. An earlier report sent to the attorney general said that the former president is unable to move and that the transfer would be difficult.

Along with Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, who face allegations of profiteering, Tora prison also hosts an array of former regime figures and government ministers – including former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif – who all face similar charges.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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