EGYPT: Former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak still at hospital for monitoring
Egypt's former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak remained hospitalized and was being monitored this weekend after suffering a “panic attack” during her arrest Friday as authorities investigate corruption allegations against her and her family, officials said.
Mubarak, 70, reportedly fainted and suffered chest pains following a three-hour interrogation Friday, after which she was ordered detained for 15 days.
Health Minister Ashraf Hatem told the state news agency that Mubarak was in stable condition Saturday after being monitored for 24 hours in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, where her 83-year-old husband has also been treated. Hatem said Mubarak was in police custody Saturday, according to the state news agency, MENA.
Another medical team recommended Saturday that Mubarak remain under observation for 48 hours, due to high blood pressure and chest pains, and found she may need an angioplasty.
She was effectively placed under arrest at the hospital, officials said, although it was unclear when she would be transfered. Authorities had initially said Mubarak would be flown to a Cairo women's prison.
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Amro Hassan in Cairo
Photo: Former Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak chairing a meeting on the sidelines of the 11th African Union Summit in the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh in 2008. The wife of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was in intensive care Saturday after state television reported she had suffered a heart attack following her arrest in connection with a corruption probe. Credit: Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images.