Cairo:  An Egyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak's health has deteriorated in the three days since a court sentenced him to life imprisonment in connection to the killing of protesters.

The official at Cairo's Torah prison said that Mubarak collapsed several times on Tuesday, and that he was placed on mechanical ventilation after having difficulty breathing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to the press.

Mubarak was sentenced on Saturday for failing to stop killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising that drove him from power. From his arrest 13 months ago until his conviction, he has been in hospitals, first in his favorite Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik and later at a suite in a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo.

(Agencies)

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