Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former president who was publicly ousted six years ago due to accusations of human rights abuses and political corruption, has been released from jail. He was being detained in a Cairo hospital, spending his days in a guarded room.
The New York Times reveals that the 88-year-old was freed on Friday and escorted under armed escort back to his mansion in Heliopolis, where he and his family then had breakfast together. Hosni Mubarak and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons named Gamal and Alaa.
Those who spent 18 days straight storming Tahrir Square back in 2011, in what was undoubtedly one of the most highly reported on attempts to overthrow a ruler in history, are less than thrilled to hear of his release. BBC News gave detail to a statement given to reporters by an activist named Ahmed Harara, who became blind after police shot him in both eyes during the ousting. Although he is hardly celebrating Hosni Mubarak’s newfound freedom, he admits that he is past the point of caring because he “realized years ago” that it is the system itself which is corrupt, and nothing can be done about it.
As reported by The Guardian; Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s current leader, is said to have been extremely concerned regarding the possibility that there would be riots should Hosni Mubarak‘s release be heavily broadcasted through state media. Because of this fear, the elderly man was moved early in the morning on the nation’s quietest day of the week, with not even his loyal followers having any previous intel on his upcoming release. State media in fact released very little on the matter, and although it quickly made international headlines there has not yet been any incidents.
The loyalists in question are quite gleeful regarding Mubarak’s being sent to freedom. Paratrooper Rehab Abdel Halim, who has been a close friend of the former president since 2009, gushed that the “lion was back in his den.” The service award recipient believes that Hosni’s release proves that he did not do anything wrong in terms of the alleged corruption he is being accused of, for if he had then there was no way he would have been cleared and allowed to go home.
Mubarak’s time in office began after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, which happened in 1981. Due to the accusations of human rights abuses and suchlike, the former military head became the first Arab leader to be brought to trial in a regular court in his home country.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow
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