Former Egyptian President Mubarak in Hospital

The stress of being forced out and then investigated may be taking its toll on the former president.

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NPR is reporting that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is being treated at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Associated Press and Reuters report. The cause of the hospitalization has not been released, but it has been previously reported that Mubarak had been suffering from a number of health problems before he was ousted and had undergone gallbladder surgery. Mubarak complained of health issues during the pro-democracy protests and is said to have problems with his heart.

Just yesterday, it was reported that Mubarak and his three sons have been summoned to talk with investigators who are starting a probe into allegations of corruption during his nearly 30 years in power. Mubarak insists that he will fully incorporate with the investigation but it is an attempt to smear his name.

If Mubarak has nothing to hide, then there is nothing to worry about. However, the concept of shame in Egyptian culture can be a bad thing for Mubarak relative to how he will be thought of and remembered by his people. We're still unclear on how being ousted from the top office in the land for anti-democratic practices isn't shameful, but being investigated for corruption is.

Read more at NPR.

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