Prosecutor orders release of Egypt's ousted leader

Prosecutor orders release of Egypt's ousted leader

Prosecutor orders release of Egypt's ousted leader

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

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.

Prosecutor Ibrahim Saleh said he ordered Mubarak's release after his lawyer petitioned for his freedom on the basis of time already served.

Mubarak was cleared of murder charges this month in his final trial, having faced various charges ranging from corruption to ordering the killing of protesters who ended his 30-year-rule.

But the promise of the Arab Spring soon dissipated as Libya and Yemen plunged into chaos, Syria descended into civil war and the Islamic State feasted on the resulting chaos to pursue its vision of jihadi Armageddon.

Mubarak's elected Muslim Brotherhood successor, Mohamed Morsi, served for only a year before the military toppled and detained him in 2013, before launching a deadly crackdown on those who backed him. The Criminal Court stated that Mubarak was referred by the general prosecution to court 60 days after Habib El-Adly and other security chiefs, which makes the case invalid. That verdict, according to Saleh, cleared the way for Mubarak's lawyer to request his release.

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.

"There is not a single reason to keep him in detention and the police must execute the order", Saleh said.

Attorney General Nabil Sadeq approved on Monday a prosecutor's decision to release former president Hosni Mubarak.

It has also, according to activists and Egypt's beleaguered rights campaigners, confirmed widely-held suspicions that their "revolution" has been reversed by Sissi's government.

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