Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak to be released

by Abel Hampton March 27, 2017, 0:24
Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak to be released

Six years after he was convicted of killing protesters in 2011 and about a week after he was acquitted of this charge, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to be released from police custody within the next few days.

"As far as I am concerned he was in prison until today, and now he is free", Cairo prosecutor Ibrahim Saleh told the New York Times.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in 2012, but an appeals court ordered a retrial, which dismissed the charges two years later.

Mubarak was arrested in April 2011 but has spent the almost six years since in hospitals.

A criminal court ruled in May 2015 to jail Mubarak for three years and fine him millions of Egyptian pounds following his conviction for embezzling funds earmarked for the maintenance and renovation of presidential palaces.

Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak is set to leave prison after prosecutors ordered his released, according to state media.

Hundreds including Morsi were sentenced to death after speedy mass trials, although courts have since overturned numerous convictions. The Court of Cassation dropped all charges against Mubarak in relation to ordering the killing of protesters during the January 25 revolution.

Mubarak is still banned from travel pending investigations by the Illicit Gains Authority into an increase in his personal wealth since the 2011 revolution, according to his lawyer Farid El-Deeb. Both of his sons, Alaa and Gamal, were freed.

The ruling is final as it was Mubarak's second retrial, which can not be appealed, after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012, and then acquitted of the same charges two years later.

Along with jailing critics, el-Sissi's government has steadily eroded freedoms won in the 2011 uprising. The Sydney Morning Herald relays rumors that one of them will challenge Sisi in the 2018 presidential election, even though it's technically illegal for anyone in the Mubarak family to hold any elected office for another six years.

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