Mubarak Goes Home for First Time in 6 Years
Release follows his acquittal on charges he ordered protesters killed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2017 7:21 AM CDT
In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital.   (Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is back at home, free following his release from custody after six years of legal proceedings, reports the AP. Mubarak left the Armed Forces hospital in Cairo's southern suburb of Maadi Friday morning and went to his house in the upscale district of Heliopolis under heavy security measures, says an Egyptian official.

The 88-year-old Mubarak was acquitted by the country's top appeals court on March 2 of charges that he ordered the killing of protesters during the 2011 popular uprising that led to his ouster. During those 18 days of unrest at the start of the Arab Spring movement, an estimated 800 protesters were killed in clashes with security forces, reports the BBC.

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