Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from detention six years after the Arab Spring uprisings swept the region, toppling his government. Matthew Larotonda reports.
Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in a popular uprising at the height of the Arab Spring, walking free after six years of detention. That's according to his lawyer, who says he's returned to his home in Cairo. Mubarak had been on trial for a multitude of charges ranging from corruption during his 30-year rule to the killing of protesters in the revolt that ended it. Originally sentenced to life in prison in 2012, he'd been undergoing appeals until the last of those murder charges were cleared earlier this month. Held in prison and military hospitals under heavy guard, and defiant throughout. Mubarak transformed Egyptian politics during his three decades in office. He turned the country into a force for stability and a major player in the region, continuing the peace process with Israel seen as an affront to other Arab states. But opponents associated his long tenure, and the political success of his sons, with soaring food prices and low wages - a widening gap between rich and poor. It culminated when the Arab Spring toppled governments across the region. Mubarak was the first of those leaders to face trial in its wake.