Former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt who ruled the nation with iron fist for about three decades and has been in hospital-jail since 2011 on corruption charges and murder may walk home free soon baring appeals.
The Egyptian court of appeal upheld a three year sentence against the 87 year old Mubarak on corruption charges accounting for the time he has already served which gives the former president the opportunity to walk home free. This was the last court case against former president Mubarak who was toppled in the 2011 uprising.
It was not clear when he will be allowed to go home. Over the years since his ouster Egypt has been harshly divided between the sympathisers of the Muslim brotherhood led government of Muhammad Morsi who jailed Mubarak and the moderates who are sympathetic to the military led government of Abdel Fatah El- Sisi. President El-SIsi who was the head of the military and a known sympathiser of Mubarak also toppled the Morsi government.
There is however a chance for appeal which means that it is not yet ‘Uhuru’ for Mubarak. It is however not clear when Mubarak will be going home.
Meanwhile, his sons were given four years each in the same case which relates to misappropriation of public funds meant for the renovation of the presidential palaces but were used to renovate their private houses.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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