CAIRO - Egypt’s ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak was issued regulation blue prison uniform on Sunday a day after being sentenced to life and taken to a jail that once housed his opponents, official media reported. The state news agency MENA reported that guards in the Cairo Tora prison took his official jail photograph and supplied him with his prisoner number. Prison authorities turned down his request to continue receiving treatment from doctors at a military hospital where he was detained while on trial for involvement in the killings of protesters during last year’s uprising.
The 84-year-old, who reportedly has a heart condition, is being kept in the prison’s medical wing.
Security officials and state television had reported on Saturday that Mubarak suffered a “health crisis” on arrival by helicopter at the prison after sentencing, and that he was revived with oxygen.
The former strongman broke down in tears and initially refused to leave the helicopter at the facility that once housed opponents of his regime, many of whom were freed after the uprising that toppled him in February 2011.