CAIRO -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ordered back to Tora Prison after a medical report Wednesday determined that he no longer needed advanced treatment at a military hospital along the Nile.
A probe by the general prosecutor’s office into Mubarak's health followed his robust appearance during a court session Saturday on murder-related charges. His eyes concealed beneath tinted glasses, the 84-year-old deposed leader looked fit as he confidently waved and smiled at supporters through iron bars.
Mubarak's lawyers said they intended to appeal the prosecutor’s decision.
"We will file another case and we will not be quiet against this," said Yousry Abdelrazek, the head of Mubarak's volunteer defense team. "At the [military] hospital he is stable and he gets better but as soon as he leaves, he doesn't get the required care and so his health deteriorates again."
He added that the Islamist-led government of President Mohamed Morsi is “trying to kill him.”
Mubarak’s health has been an issue since his arrest two years ago. The defense claims he suffers from heart and other ailments, but prosecutors, and much of the public, believe reports of Mubarak’s declining condition are a ruse to evoke sympathy and avoid imprisonment.