The ousted convicted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has suffered a brain stroke and was moved out from Yura prison to the nearby Maadi Military Hospital to be treated, according to a local media report.
While the state news agency MENA said that the 84-year-old ousted president was 'clinically dead', other sources said he was in a 'critical' condition and has been placed on a respirator.
Moving Mubarak out of prison would likely anger many in the public, where there is a widespread suspicion that security and military officials are sympathetic to the former president and are giving him preferential treatment.
The public has been already stirred up over recent decisions by the ruling military council that have stripped the incoming president from most of his powers, further enshrining the powers of the military.
Tens of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square on Tuesday to protest the new decisions.