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Egypt’s Mubarak returns to prison

CAIRO — Ousted leader Hosni Mubarak returned to prison on Monday after weeks in a top-line military hospital, a security official said.

A prosecutor said that the 84-year-old former president’s health had improved from several weeks ago, when he was reportedly on the brink of death. However, others in Egypt see the move as an attempt to allay skepticism that officials sympathetic to Mubarak were exaggerating his health crisis so as to give the former president a more comfortable imprisonment.

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Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison on June 2 for failing to stop the killing of hundreds of protesters during last year’s uprising against his regime. Days after he started serving his sentence incarcerated in the hospital of Cairo’s Torah Prison, officials said that his health deteriorated, he began slipping in and out of consciousness, and his heart stopped several times.

On June 20, Mubarak was moved to one of the country’s well-funded military-run hospitals in Cairo’s suburb of Maadi, the same facility where his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, was declared dead more than 30 years ago after being assassinated by Islamic militants.

But early Monday, Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency said Egypt’s prosecutor general, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, ordered Mubarak moved back to Torah Prison, where his sons and several of his ministers are held on corruption charges filed since the uprising.

Adel el-Said, an aide to the prosecutor general, said that a medical committee ruled that Mubarak’s condition is good after examining him earlier this month. He told the news agency that the committee found that ‘‘there is no real medical justification to keep him in the hospital of the armed forces.’’

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