Egyptian prosecution frees ousted president Hosni Mubarak

Mar 14, 2017, 00:36
Egyptian prosecution frees ousted president Hosni Mubarak

Egypt's general prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, approved on Monday the release of former ousted president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak from custody following the recent acquittal issued to Mubarak of charges of killing protesters, sources asserted to Daily News Egypt.

Egyptian media is reporting, citing Mubarak's lawyer Farid al-Deeb, that Mubarak will be released within the next few days.

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. The lawyer said Mubarak will leave the military hospital where he is being held and go to his house in an upscale Cairo neighborhood.

Amid public anger, prosecutors levelled various charges against Mubarak following his February 2011 resignation.

Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, were also handed three-year prison sentences for corruption charges after being found guilty of appropriating funds reserved for maintaining presidential palaces.

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But the sentence took into account time served. Mubarak's sons have already been freed.

Six years after his overthrow, most of the charges brought against his regime members have been dismissed while the country still recovers from the aftermath of the uprising.

Critics say that the abuses they fought under Mubarak have returned with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who toppled Morsi.

Hundreds of people were killed when security forces clashed with protesters in the weeks before Mubarak was forced from power.