By Sandra Birungi
Egypt’s former president, Morsi Mubarak has been released from prison after corruption charges against him were dropped earlier on in the week.
Yesterday, the 85-year-old ex-president was flown from Cairo’s Tora prison to a military hospital in Maadi where scores of his supporters had gathered to hail his release.”He protected the country,” said Lobna Mohamed, a housewife in the crowd of Mubarak well-wishers. “He is a good man, but we want (Abdel Fattah) Sisi now,” she said, referring to the army commander who overthrew Islamist Mohamed Mursi on July 3.
Judicial authorities ordered for Mubarak’s release from Tora but according to the prime minister’s office, he will be placed under house arrest.
The decision has been reached just after a state of emergency was declared last week in the country. According to official sources, about 900 people, including some 100 soldiers and police, have been killed in violence across Egypt since then. With the release of Mubarak, it has been predicted that his release will spark outrage from the people.
“He should stay in prison. The country is facing obstacles so people are turning back to Mubarak. They don’t know what they are doing,” said Hoda Saleh, a fully veiled woman who was leaving Tora, where her brother is an inmate.
“This is the end. Mubarak will never be an important political player, but symbolically, it’s a victory dance by the reconstituted old state under the leadership of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,” said Joshua Stacher, an Egypt expert at Kent State University in the United States.
Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators but a retrial was accepted by court earlier this year.