Middle East

Egypt's Mubarak Too Frail to Move, Interior Ministry Says

In this Sept. 2010 file photo, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu, unseen, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

In this Sept. 2010 file photo, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu, unseen, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP)

CAIRO -- Egypt's top security official has recommended that ousted President Hosni Mubarak not be moved from the hospital where he is kept under arrest at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

In a statement, the prosecutor general's office said Interior Minister Mansour el-Issawi has cited Mubarak's poor health as the reason he should not be moved as planned to a military hospital in Cairo.

In a letter to the prosecutor general released late Tuesday, el-Issawi said moving him would threaten his health and safety.

Mubarak, 82, stepped down in February. He has been placed under arrest in the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital over allegations of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters in the 18-day uprising that toppled him.