Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak walks free for first time in six years

March 24, 2017 2:34 pm

Former Egyptian
President looks on, behind bars on his bed, in a cage
inside the court room at the police academy during his trial in Cairo,
June 2, 2012.

’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak has walked free for the first time in six years, his lawyer says.  
Mubarak
on Friday left a military hospital where he had spent much of his
six-year detention over a series of charges, including killing
protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30 year rule in 2011.
His lawyer Farid al-Deeb was quoted as saying that the former Egyptian dictator was heading to his home in Heliopolis.
A
top appeals court cleared Mubarak earlier this month of charges of
killing protesters. He was accused of inciting the deaths of protesters
during the 18-day revolt, in which about 850 people were killed.
The
release came a day after an Egyptian court ordered a renewed corruption
probe into Mubarak over allegations that he, his wife, two sons and
their wives received gifts from the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper
valued at about $1 million.
In January 2016, the appeals court
upheld a three-year prison sentence for Mubarak and his two sons on
corruption charges. But the sentence took into account time served. Both
of his sons, Alaa and Gamal, were freed.
Mubarak
was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for conspiring to
murder 239 demonstrators during the 18-day revolt but an appeals court
ordered a retrial that culminated in 2014 in the case against him and
his senior officials being dropped. 
The
court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil
suits. That left no remaining option for appeal or retrial, according to
a judicial source.
Lawyers of the victims have condemned the verdicts clearing Mubarak and his officials as politically motivated. 
Many
Egyptians who lived through Mubarak’s rule view it as a period of
autocracy and crony capitalism. His overthrow led to Egypt’s first free
election, which brought in President Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi only
lasted a year in office and was overthrown by then army chief General
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who went on to win a presidential election in
2014.
Sisi has since launched a crackdown on Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. By
contrast, Mubarak-era figures have been cleared of charges and a series
of laws limiting political freedoms has raised fears among activists
that the old regime is back.
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