Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak freed from detention

At the beginning of March, and six years after the beginning of the 25 January Revolution, the Court of Cassation acquitted Mubarak of all charges related to killing protesters during the revolution.

The former President reportedly went straight to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis.

Another trial was held and a judge decreed in May 2015 that the former president could be released from detention.

He was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for ordering the murder of 239 demonstrators during the 18-day revolt.

Since then, he has spent nearly six years in prison and military hospitals.

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Prosecutors on Thursday reopened another corruption case linked to allegations that Mubarak and his family received gifts worth $1 million from the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper. The Muslim Brotherhood government was elected and then overthrown in a military coup, and Egyptians are struggling with the worst economic crisis in, years.

The military chief who toppled him, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, won election as president the following year.

Mubarak's overthrow was a symbol of the hope for democracy in the region that emerged from the Arab Spring uprisings.

"Honestly, I found that all of that was useless", said Ahmed Mohamed, 29.

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