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Thu Dec 25 14:11:54 SAST 2014

Egypt's ousted president slips in prison, hits head

Sapa-AP | 16 December, 2012 15:53
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2, 2012. File photo.
Image by: AFP PHOTO/STR

An Egyptian security official says ousted president Hosni Mubarak has slipped in the bathroom in the prison where is serving a life sentence, hitting his head.

The official says the ailing Mubarak, 84, was treated in Cairo's Tora prison Saturday for head injuries and a chest bruise. He says Mubarak slipped before two months ago but did not injure himself.

The report comes at a particularly tense moment in the transition that has followed Mubarak's 2011 overthrow, as millions of Egyptians vote in a highly contentious referendum on a draft constitution written by a mostly Islamist panel.

Mubarak was convicted of failing to stop killings of protesters during the uprising. There have been conflicting reports about his health.

The official spoke anonymously as he wasn't authorized to talk to reporters.

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