Mubarak's Wife Has Health Problems in Wake of Questioning
Suzanne Mubarak, wife of the ousted president, was hospitalized after questioning by authorities in Egypt. Currently under investigation by the Illicit Gains Authority, initial reports stated that Mrs. Mubarak was hospitalized for a supposed heart attack just hours after being ordered to 15 days of detention pending an investigation into the Mubarak family assets. Her husband, Hosni Mubarak, was already being held in the same Sharm el-Sheikh hospital, after suffering from heart problems of his own.
The Illicit Gains Authority is investigating the the source of the Mubarak family assets as part of sweeping changes in government since the uprising earlier this spring. While Mrs. Mubarak was also well-known for her charitable works, the people of Egypt are focusing on the financial gains she made as the wife of the president.
While initial reports stated she possibly had a heart attack, as of Saturday, it was concluded that she actually suffered from a panic attack. Mrs. Mubarak's fate remains unclear at this point, but there is still a possibility that she will be transferred to a women's prison facility in Cairo, as previously planned.
Mrs. Mubarak had not been considered a political force in Egypt, until a WikiLeaks report on her in December 2010. The report suggested that she was highly instrumental in her son Gamal's rise to succeed his father as president. Al Jazeera's current profile on Mrs. Mubarak suggests that she was deeply involved in questionable financial activities, and they have reported that her charitable organizations are suspected of being front organizations to hide her personal gains. Western press organizations, including The New York Times have been a little more cautious in their reports on the ongoing investigations against the Mubarak family as a whole, and Mrs. Mubarak in particular.