Date
20 September 2017
This file picture shows Egypt's deposed president Hosni Mubarak waving from behind the cell during his trial in Cairo last May. A court on Tuesday overturned a his conviction on corruption charges and ordered a retrial. Photo: AFP
This file picture shows Egypt's deposed president Hosni Mubarak waving from behind the cell during his trial in Cairo last May. A court on Tuesday overturned a his conviction on corruption charges and ordered a retrial. Photo: AFP

Court quashes Mubarak’s last remaining conviction

Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak had his last remaining conviction overturned by an appeals court on Tuesday, the Guardian reported. The court has ordered a retrial.

Mubarak, 86, was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for complicity in the murder of anti-regime protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. 

In 2014, he was also sentenced to three more years for corruption, while his two sons were jailed for four years.

But last November, a judge threw out the murder case, and now the embezzlement case has been sent to retrial. The convictions against his sons have also been overturned.

Mubarak is currently detained in a military hospital, after suffering from several health complications since his arrest in 2011.

His lawyer, Farid el-Deeb, said he should now be released pending the retrial because all his jail terms had ended, and he has exceeded the legal limits for pre-trial detention.

Millions called for Mubarak’s removal in early 2011, but four years on, that anger appears to have subsided.

Mubarak’s successor, the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, was toppled in a second uprising in 2013, and many Egyptians are tired of the constant upheaval Mubarak’s downfall unleashed, the newspaper said.

Last May, Mubarak’s last head of military intelligence, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, was elected the country’s current president.

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