[Egypt]–Ousted Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, is expected to be released soon, having been freed of charges of killing protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.
According to the official Egyptian news agency, “al-Ahram”, Egypt’s prosecution office ordered the release.
Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld an earlier verdict, making the acquittal final. The Court of Cassation is the highest court for criminal litigation in Egypt.
However, Mubarak and his sons were still convicted of corruption.
On Monday, Ibrahim Saleh, the attorney general of the East Cairo prosecution, assented to Mubarak’s request to add time spent in prison while awaiting trial as part of his sentence in the corruption case.
State media quoted judicial sources saying there are no more pending court cases against Mubarak.
From information got though Farid al-Deeb, Mubarak’s lawyer, Egyptian media reports, that Mubarak will be released within the next few days.
The lawyer said Mubarak will leave the military hospital where he is being held and go to his house in an upscale Cairo neighborhood.
According to CNN, the prosecutor’s release order, though not surprising, could be a bit awkward for Egypt’s current leader, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has in the past praised the revolution that overthrew Mr. Mubarak.
As a past president, Mr. Mubarak will enjoy state protection at his home in Heliopolis, the affluent Cairo neighborhood where he resided for most of his tenure as ruler.
His lawyer confirmed that that is where he will go when he leaves the hospital.
However, Mubarak’s corruption case will help Sisi keep him in line, according to Hossam Bahgat, a journalist who has also investigated Mr. Mubarak’s wealth. “They are keeping those cases, in case they want to punish him, or if he does something wrong,” Bahgat said.
Mubarak’s pressurised decision to give up power in February 2011 had ripple effects throughout the Arab nations, leading to the overthrow of longtime dictators in Libya and Yemen later that year.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg