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Seven years after Egypt uprising: Where is Egypt's ousted autocrat Mubarak now?

Mubarak resigned on February 11, after 18 days of widespread protests [Getty]

Date of publication: 11 February, 2018

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Seven years after Egypt's longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled during the January 2011 uprising where is the ousted veteran strongman now?
Seven years after Egypt's longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled during the January 2011 uprising where is the ousted veteran strongman now?

Mubarak resigned on February 11, after 18 days of widespread protests, ending his 30-year reign and handing power to the army.

Since then the ousted president has spent most of his time in a comfortable military hospital in Cairo, where he served a six-year detention while standing trial on various charges.

Last March, authorities released Mubarak after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the uprising.

The 89-year-old now lives as a free man with his family, dividing his time between their villa in the upscale Cairo district of Heliopolis and their residence in the seaside resort Sharm al-Sheikh.

Mubarak was accused of inciting the deaths of protesters during the revolt, in which about 850 people were killed as police clashed with demonstrators.

Mubarak was accused of inciting the deaths of protesters during the revolt, in which about 850 people were killed as police clashed with demonstrators

He was sentenced to life in jail in 2012 in the case, but an appeals court ordered a retrial, which dismissed the charges two years later.

In January 2016, the appeals court upheld a three-year prison sentence for Mubarak and his two sons on corruption charges.

But the sentence took into account time served. Both of his sons, Alaa and Gamal, were freed.

Last March, a court acquitted Mubarak and he was also allowed to walk.

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In December, a Swiss court lifted a freeze on the assets of the former president, dashing the hopes that the autocrat would at least pay back some the millions of dollars he corruptly gained during his rule.

Mubarak has kept a low profile since he was freed, recently being photographed at a North coast resort with his son and granddaughter in seemingly in good health despite years of appearing in court in a stretcher.

His sons have made sporadic public appearances over the past few years, being seen at football matches and even dining in street restaurants.

With the country now being led by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is seen as sympathetic to Mubarak, it seems the longtime autocrat will live out the rest of his life under the protection of the state.

Sisi has successfully silenced all forms of political opposition during his first four-year term after leading the overthrow of North African country's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi now languishes in jail, convicted on many and varied counts and sentenced to multiple terms including the death penalty - a stark contrast to the fate of Mubarak.

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