By Ria Novosti
Egypt’s ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, is undergoing cancer treatment in Saudi Arabia, an Egyptian newspaper said on Wednesday, contradicting official statements.
The Al-Akhbar daily said Mubarak, 82, was at a military base in Tabouk where he received chemotherapy for pancreas and intestinal cancer every five days, and his family was there with him. The newspaper said Egypt’s long-time leader left for Saudi two days after he was forced to step down by two-week-long protests.
The Supreme Council of Egypt’s Armed Forces and the Egyptian Embassy in Ryadh have denied the reports. Some media have said the former president has returned to the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, whereas the Al-Youm al-Sabia popular newspaper said Mubarak had been banned from leaving the country and was in hospital in Egypt.
Mubarak has not been seen in public since stepping down as president on February 11. His residence in Sharm el-Sheikh is heavily guarded. Some media reports say he has been entertaining guests.
Egypt’s top prosecutor, Abdel Magid Mahmoud, officially banned Mubarak and his family from leaving the country on Monday and arrested his property and that of his family as part of alleged corruption investigation.
Prior to his resignation, Mubarak said he was determined to stay in the country and would die in his homeland.