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Feb172011

Hosni Mubarak Not Dying; Had Breakfast on the Beach

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was well enough to have breakfast on the beach Wednesday and is doing well, a sharp contradiction to reports that the sidelined leader had slipped into a coma and was dying, a well-placed source told ABC News.

The source also said that the ruling Military Council was shocked by the level and scale of corruption by the Mubarak regime.  Shortly after taking charge, the military had asked that the finances of several top government officials be frozen ,pending investigations.

Mubarak is in seclusion at his Sharm el-Sheikh resort home along with his two sons, Gamal and Alaa.  The wives and children of his sons, however, have left the country, the source said.

In an indication that Mubarak, 82, has health issues, the source said that his personal physician was also with Mubarak in Sharm El Sheikh.

But the man who was ousted from the presidential palace after ruling Egypt for 30 years was strong enough Wednesday to have his breakfast on the beach, the source said.

Dubai-based television channel Al Arabiya also reported Wednesday that Mubarak is in ''good health,'' quoting a source who had reportedly spoken to him.

Concerns about Mubarak's health arose last week amid rumors that he had slipped into a coma shortly after being forced from office and leaving Cairo.  Those concerns were heightened when Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Sameh Shoukry told NBC that Mubarak was "possibly in somewhat of bad health," but did not provide details.

Saudi-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat printed a story on Tuesday claiming that Mubarak's health was deteriorating dramatically and that he was refusing to take his medication or travel to Germany for treatment.  The paper claimed he was suffering from depression following the revolution that brought an end to his rule on Feb. 11.

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