Egypt's Mubarak free to go home for 1st time since 2011

After being swept from power in 2011, ex-president was slapped with array of charges from which he was ultimately exonerated

Egypt's Mubarak free to go home for 1st time since 2011

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Friday left a military hospital in southern Cairo, returning home for the first time since being forced to step down after a 2011 popular uprising.

“We carried out the decision to release the former president who is now on his way to his residence in Cairo’s Misr al-Gedida district,” Farid al-Dib, Mubarak’s lawyer said.

Earlier this month, an Egyptian prosecutor ordered Mubarak’s release from custody for the first time since 2011. 

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for more than three decades, was forced to relinquish executive power to the army in February 2011 after 18 days of countrywide protests. 

Two months later, he was put on trial to face multiple charges, including corruption, abuse of power and involvement in the murder of hundreds of anti-regime demonstrators by Egyptian security forces.

After several trials, appeals and retrials, however, he was ultimately cleared of the charges against him.

The only charge for which he was convicted was the illegal appropriation of state funds to refurbish several of his family’s lavish personal residences. 

In 2012, an Egyptian court slapped Mubarak with a life sentence for ordering his security forces to fire on demonstrators at the height of the uprising.

An appeals court, however, ordered a retrial in 2014 and he was acquitted of this charge, too, earlier this month.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mart 2017, 14:43