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Monday, June 20, 2011

Mubarak's Long-Rumored Cancer is Finally Confirmed

Husni Mubarak's lawyer has now confirmed what was rumored throughout most of last year, that the former Egyptian President is suffering from cancer. Rumored since his gall bladder surgery in Germany in March 2010, especially during his long delay in returning home, it was vehemently denied by Egyptian officials at the time.

But things have changed, and now Mubarak's health is the one thing keeping him from facing trial on a range of charges including corruption and sanctioning the killing of protesters. And it just may be enough, since the ruling Military Council is not eager to put a former officer on trial.

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