Wednesday 18 September 2019

Mubarak release sparks hope among his followers

Former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is transferred to a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo
Former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is transferred to a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo

Richard Spencer Cairo

Hosni Mubarak, the dictator who led Egypt for 30 years before becoming the first highprofile scalp of the Arab Spring uprisings, was released from prison yesterday at the start of what his followers hope will be a comeback for him and his military-led politics.

He was flown to a nearby military hospital, where he will initially remain under guard. When he was in custody but adjudged to be too ill to be in prison, he spent long periods in the same place.

Mr Mubarak faces serious charges of complicity in the killings of 846 protesters, mostly shot dead during the uprising that led to his overthrow in February 2011. The term limit under which he can be held on remand expired in April.

Since then, he has been remanded in connection with a number of corruption cases, but a panel of judges on Monday exercised discretionary powers to grant him bail on those charges too.

The mood towards Mr Mubarak has changed since the overthrow of his Muslim Brotherhood successor, Mohammed Morsi, by the army in July. Officials and generals promoted under his rule have once again started to be appointed to positions of power.

His release has failed to generate the wave of protests that would have been expected a year ago, with revolutionary movements and the Brotherhood itself either cowed into submission, with leaders under arrest, or in some cases even nostalgic for the relative stability of the Mubarak era.

However, Tamarod, the movement whose 'Rebellion' campaign led to the army stepping in last month, expressed its opposition. It suggested that it would lead to his acquittal, which then could be used as a precedent to free Mr Morsi, who is also now under arrest. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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