Egypt's Hosni Mubarak returns home after release from custody

Hosni Mubarak, Former President of Egypt has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown.

Mr Mubarak's lawyer Farid Al Deeb said the former president had gone home to a villa in Cairo's Heliopolis district. In August of the same year, he was acquitted of the charge and this month, he received the final clearance from the highest court of appeals in Egypt, a decision which cannot be appealed.

Mubarak was originally sentenced to life in prison 5 years ago for conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators during the 18-day 2011 revolt but an appeals court ordered a retrial that culminated in 2014 in the case against him and his senior officials being dropped.

Mubarak dominated the nation for three decades as President but went through a series of criminal trials after being forced from office in 2011.

Many Egyptians who lived through his presidency view it as a period of stagnation, autocracy and crony capitalism.

Mr Mubarak is, however, the focus of a new corruption investigation after allegations he received gifts from the state owned Al-Ahram newspaper.

Some Egyptians now believe they had more freedom under the Mubarak regime.

The former dictator became president in 1981 after Anwar Sadat's assassination, but was ousted from power following the uprisings of the Arab Spring.

A separate charge of corruption against Mubarak was overturned in 2015. From the defendant's cage, Mubarak denies all charges against him.

Two years later, a military coup brought current president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to power. His sons, Alaa and Gamal, also were charged with embezzling millions through a network of official cronyism. His release comes after he was cleared of charges that he ordered protesters to be killed during the revolution.

Charges in that case were dropped past year, but prosecutors are reopening the file and Mubarak remains subject to a travel ban.

Mubarak, 89, spent his entire detention period at a military hospital in Cairo.

The families of those killed, who had attended the trial early on, were not present, their lawyers condemned the verdict as politically motivated.

Mubarak joined the Egyptian Military Academy after school before becoming an air force pilot, rising through the ranks to become air force commander.

  • Leroy Wright