Former President Hosni Mubarak leaves Cairo military hospital

Published March 25th, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Hosni Mubarak 2016. (AFP)
Hosni Mubarak 2016. (AFP)

Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a Cairo military hospitalon Friday where he had spent much of his six-year detention, his lawyer said.

The 88-year-old had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the 2011 revolt that lead to his overthrow.

Since his ouster in 2011, Mubarak has stood trial in a number of criminal cases on various charges, but he has only received one conviction to date on charges of corruption.

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

Hundreds of protesters were killed in clashes with police and Mubarak supporters during the 18-day uprising in 2011, part of the Arab Spring protests that swept the region.

Led by then defence minister and current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a military coup overthrew Mubarak's freely elected successor, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in 2013.

Sisi, who is seen as sympathetic to Mubarak, has since presided over an often-violent crackdown on dissidents, with hundreds killed and thousands thrown in prison.

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