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Report: Egypt's Mubarak in declining health

Mohammed Al-Law / AP

Officials say former President Hosni Mubarak's health has deteriorated in the three days since a court sentenced him to life imprisonment in connection to the killing of hundreds of protesters.

Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president whose ouster triggered revolutions across the Middle East, has become dangerously ill, security officials told the Associated Press.

Officials at the Torah prison south of Cairo, where Mubarak, 84, is being held, said he suffered from shock and was experiencing breathing problems. They said Mubarak needed a respirator five times on Wednesday.

Mubarak, who had been in power for 30 years, was sentenced to life on Saturday after he was convicted for his role in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that ultimately swept him out of office.

Egypt’s state news agency said Mubarak had been in a military hospital during his trial before being flown to prison. On Wednesday, the news agency said he suffered from nervous shock. He spent more than two hours on the aircraft that transported him to prison, saying he was suffering from health problems. 

Mubarak has spent the last 10 months in private hospital rooms, according to independent news reports cited by The New York Times, but has been healthy enough to swim every day and go for walks. 

Egypt’s Tahrir protesters take on Mubarak’s man

After Mubarak was sentenced -- and his sons were exonerated -- protesters descended on Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 revolution to speak out against the former president's chosen replacement, Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak's appointed prime minister.

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