Former Egyptian President Mubarak to be released

Mubarak on the back of a truck in Cairo this month

Mubarak on the back of a truck in Cairo this month

Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown as president of Egypt in an uprising in 2011, will be released from detention in a military hospital, his lawyers and judicial sources said.

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for almost three decades, was released from detention Monday after he was cleared of ordering the killing of peaceful protesters in 2011, Egypt's official news agency said. An appeals court upheld the sentence in January previous year but took into account time already served.

Mubarak's lawyer, Farid Al Deeb, said the former president could go home "when the doctors decide he is able to", but he was banned from leaving the country because of a corruption investigation. His acquittal this month is final.

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

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In May 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court ruled that Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, should be imprisoned for three years and fined more than LE125 million.

The prosecutor general had accused Mubarak and his sons of seizing funds and facilitating the seizure of LE125 million in the period between 2002 and 2011 under the pretext of renovating presidential palaces, while the amount was actually redirected to their personal property.

A former air force chief and vice president, Mubarak became president after jihadists who had infiltrated the army shot dead president Anwar Sadat at a military parade in 1981, in an attack in which he was himself wounded.

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