Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be released -lawyer

  • Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be released -lawyer

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be released -lawyer

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak is transported from a military helicopter to an ambulance outside Maadi military hospital in Cairo on March 2, 2017 as he returns from a court hearing.

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.

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for almost three decades, was released from detention Monday after he was cleared of ordering the killing of peaceful protesters in 2011, Egypt's official news agency said.

The former long time Egyptian ruler has long maintained his innocence in the case and has said history would judge him a patriot who served his country selflessly.

In May 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court ruled that Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, should be imprisoned for three years and fined more than LE125 million.

In January 2016, the appeals court upheld a three-year prison sentence for Mubarak and his two sons on corruption charges.

Mubarak was arrested in April 2011 but has spent the almost six years since in hospitals.

Egyptian media is reporting, citing Mubarak's lawyer Farid al-Deeb, that Mubarak will be released within the next few days. He is now staying at a Nile-side military hospital in Maadi, a leafy suburb just south of Cairo.

He will go to his home in Heliopolis.
But six years after his overthrow, most of the charges brought against him and his regime members have been dismissed.