Mubarak ordered released following acquittal in killing protesters case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 13 Mar 2017


Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered on Monday the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak following his acquittal earlier this month on charges of killing protesters during the 25 January Revolution.

In January 2016, the Court of Cassation upheld a three-year prison sentence for Mubarak and his two sons for using public funds – slated for the maintenance of presidential palaces – to upgrade their private properties.

According to judicial sources, Mubarak will be released as his sentence in the presidential palaces case is considered already served due to the time he spent in pre-trial detention.

Following the verdict in that case, Mubarak's sons were released for time served, as they had already been behind bars for more than three years pending trial.

Mubarak is still banned from travel pending investigations by the Illicit Gains Authority into an increase in his personal wealth since the 2011 revolution, according to his lawyer Farid El-Deeb.

El-Deeb added that the ousted president's assets are still frozen.

The 88-year-old Mubarak has been confined to Maadi Military Hospital for treatment since 2012.

The former autocrat ruled Egypt from 1981 until a popular uprising ousted him on 11 February 2011.

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