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Egypt's former leader Mubarak freed, six years after overthrow
Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings is freed after six years in detention; 'He is now in his home in Heliopolis.'
Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said.

 

 

He left the Maadi Military Hospital in Cairo where he had been detained, heading to his home in Heliopolis.

 

"Yes, he is now in his home in Heliopolis," Mubarak's lawyer, Farid El Deeb told Reuters when asked if Mubarak had left the hospital. Heliopolis is an upscale neighborhood where the main presidential palace from which Mubarak once governed is located.

 

Hosni Mubarak visited by supporters
Hosni Mubarak visited by supporters

 

The 88-year-old was cleared of the final murder charges against him this month, after facing trial in a litany of cases ranging from corruption to the killing of protesters whose 18-day revolt stunned the world and ended his 30-year rule.

 

Mubarak was initially arrested in April 2011, two months after leaving office, and has since been held in prison and in military hospitals under heavy guard.

 

Two ongoing court cases are the gifts affair he and his sons received from the newspaper Al-Ahram, and another affair investigated the former president's capital statement.

 

Thursday, the court decided to accept the State Prosecutor's appeal in the capital statement affair, which would entain that the State Prosecutor's Office will have the right to conduct a renewed investigation against him.

 

That said, even if a trial is conducted, Mubarak will arrive in court as a free person.

 

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