06/20/2011 08:57 am ET | Updated Aug 20, 2011

Hosni Mubarak Cancer Claim Made By Defense Lawyers

CAIRO, June 20 (Reuters) - Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak is suffering from cancer, his defence lawyer said on Monday, citing a medical report to assess whether the former leader is fit enough to stand trial.

"Mubarak has cancer and this was included in the last medical report," said lawyer Farid el-Deeb.

Mubarak was hospitalised in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after reportedly suffering heart problems during initial questioning. He is due to stand trial on Aug. 3 for the killing of protesters and abuse of power. (Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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