Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, ousted in the wake of the Arab Spring protests in 2011, has been ordered to be released from prison. After multiple appeals to his 2012 conviction on multiple varying counts, including conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators during the protests, Mubarak was finally acquitted of the charges against him on March 2.
According to Reuters, “He will go to his home in Heliopolis,” Farid El Deeb, Mubarak’s lawyer, said, adding that the aging former president would likely be released Tuesday or soon after.
Many on Twitter saw this as the “final nail in the coffin” for the Arab Spring protests. Others were even more upset that he plans to stay in Cairo.
BREAKING: Egypt's state news agency says prosecutor has ordered the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 13, 2017
— Kristen McTighe (@KristenMcTighe) March 13, 2017
Egypt's prosecutor general approves of Hosni Mubarak's release – who is apparently planning on staying in Cairo, in Heliopolis.
— Dr H.A. Hellyerد.إتش (@hahellyer) March 13, 2017
— Imad Mesdoua (@ImadMesdoua) March 13, 2017
6 years later, reset to square one … https://t.co/yHYvnVIYAn
— William Morris (@OPPWilliam) March 13, 2017
— Amr Khalifa (@Cairo67Unedited) March 13, 2017
— Timur Ilter (@TimurIlter) March 13, 2017
With Mubarak now to be released, watch the exact moment Egyptians learned they overthrew his presidency https://t.co/8uz3cucDNR
— Jason Stern (@IbnLarry) March 13, 2017