Former Eyptian president Hosni Mubarak was released from the Maadi Military Hospital today, where he has been detained for the past six years, his lawyer said.
The former Egyptian dictator was overthrown in 2011 following the Arab Spring uprisings which swept the region.
A top appeals court cleared Mubarak, 88, earlier this month on charges of killing protesters in the 2011 uprising which ended his 30-year rule. He was the first leader to face trial.
In 2015 Mubarak and his two sons were handed three year jails sentences in a retrial for embezzling millions of dollars’ worth of state money to fund a lavish lifestyle which included upgrading their private residences in Cairo, the Red Sea coast and their family farm instead of using the cash to renovate and maintain presidential palaces.
Mubarak left the Cairo military hospital where he had been held in custody for much of the past six years, and returned to his home in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said.
“The Mubarak acquittal is of significant symbolic value in that it reflects an absolute failure of Egyptian judicial and legal institutions to hold a single official accountable for the killing of almost 900 protesters during the January 25 revolution. It is indicative of a deeper, compounded crisis of transitional justice,” said Mai el Sedany, a legal expert with the Washington thinktank the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.
“This is a clear message to all Egyptians that no one will be held accountable for any corruption or oppression in this country – the state is loyal to its men and will continue to be,” said Khatib. “Don’t dream of any revolution again.”