Egypt's Mubarak Too Sick to Be Imprisoned, Prosecutor Says

83-year-old former Egyptian president, who is awaiting trial for his involvement in deadly shootings of protesters, suffers from depression and is too weak to get out of bed, medical report says.

Egypt's prosecutor general says former President Hosni Mubarak is too ill to be imprisoned to await trial on charges he conspired in the deadly shootings of protesters who forced him from power.

A government-chosen panel of physicians reported that Mubarak's heart condition put him at risk of a sudden attack. The 83-year-old former leader suffers from atrial fibrillation and depression, making him unfit for transfer to prison.

mubarak - Reuters - February 16 2011

The medical report, ordered by the prosecutor general and made public on Tuesday, says Mubarak is too weak to get out of bed without help.

Last week, Mubarak was ordered to stand trial for alleged complicity in the government-sponsored violence during Egypt's revolution. The former ruler has been in custody at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik since April.