Egypt’s general prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, approved on Monday the release of former ousted president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak from custody following the recent acquittal issued to Mubarak of charges of killing protesters, sources asserted to Daily News Egypt.
According to the approval of Sadek, Mubarak will be released from custody from the Maadi Military Hospital and move to his residence located in Cairo’s suburb of Heliopolis, sources added.
In the beginning of March, and after six years since the spark of the 25 January Revolution, the Court of Cassation acquitted Mubarak of all charges related to killing protesters during the revolution.
Mubarak, along with his Minister of Interior, Habib El-Adly, had been charged of killing the protesters; the prosecution, however, said that the evidence shows that Mubarak and El-Adly had only provided the weapons and vehicles used in attacks against the protesters. Previously, the Criminal Court had ordered the acquittal of Mubarak, his sons—Gamal and Alaa—and El-Adly of charges of killing protesters. Six of Mubarak’s aides were also acquitted.
In March 2016, the Court of Cassation’s prosecution ordered to reopen the murder case against Mubarak over the events of the 25 January Revolution. 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. In spite of this, the Court of Cassation argued that the general prosecution has the right to refer defendants at any time. It added that the late referral came as a result of the unstable security situation in Egypt.
In their defence testimony, both Mubarak and El-Adly stated at the Cairo Criminal Court that they did not order the killing of protesters during the 25 January Revolution.