CAIRO – Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak, due to go on trial next week for murder, is refusing food in his hospital detention and has become extremely weak, state media reported on Wednesday.
Mubarak, 83, has been detained since April on charges of ordering the killings of anti-regime protesters and corruption. He is under arrest in a Red Sea resort hospital, where he receives treatment for a heart condition.
His health, the topic of much speculation as critics accuse him of malingering to avoid trial, is "extremely weak," the official al-Gomhuria newspaper reported, citing a hospital official.
He "completely abstains from food and intakes only some liquids and juices," the newspaper quoted Mohammed Fathallah, head of the hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, as saying.
Mubarak is scheduled to stand trial on August 3 with his two sons, his former interior minister Habib al-Adli and six police commanders.
The location of the trial has not yet been announced but judicial and security sources say it will probably be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular tourist resort where Mubarak resided after a revolt ousted him in February.