Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will return to court on Sunday to face charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of demonstrators during the protests that toppled him in 2011.
The ailing 85-year-old, who is under house arrest spent his first night in a military hospital in a suburb of Cairo following his release from prison.
“The release of Mohamed Hosni Mubarak is a judicial decision and we could not oppose that and the fact that he is under house arrest was necessary because we are under emergency law and military rule,” said Ahmed Raafat who is a Cairo resident while Maher Mohamed who also lives in the capital voiced his opposition at the release.
“I don’t like Mubarak’s release and I don’t think anyone would agree with it because this man was part of the process of killing the protesters.”
One analyst said Mubarak will never be an important political player but his release is like “a victory dance by the reconstituted old state.” The streets of the capital were reported to be calm in advance of planned protests by the Muslim Brotherhood.