For the past two years, Hosni Mubarak has been in prison after he was deposed in February of 2011. On May 28, 2011 he was found guilty of damaging the national economy by shutting down the Internet and telephone services during the protests that led to his ouster. On June 2, 2012 he was found guilty of not stopping the killing of protestors by Egyptian security forces and was sentenced to life in prison. After a health crisis on the way to the prison, he spent much of his sentence in a military hospital. In January of 2013 his life sentenced was overturned and a retrial was ordered. On August 21, 2013 a petition to have him released was upheld and he was released from prison. He is now under house arrest pending the outcome of the new trial.
While the release was probably legit, I’m sure that the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups will use it as a rallying cry to garner more support. They will use the specter of his return to rule or his having favor with the new leaders of Egypt to build support for their revolution. Between blaming the Christians, blaming Israel, and Mubarak’s release the Islamists wanting to restore the Muslim Brotherhood to Egypt have the motivating factors of fear, hatred, and ignorance covered.
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