Mubarak led Egypt with an iron fist for close to three decades (between 1981 and 2011). He also served as the country’s Vice President and Air Force Commander. He was later ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring’s Revolution.
Hosni Mubarak was then arraigned in court and charged with killing protesters who had sought for his retirement from office.
During his tenure he declared an oppressive emergency law that ran through his presidency. This law allowed him to get rid of dissenting voices and further enabled him to keep political opponents behind bars.
Many of his prisoners were tortured and executed without trial.His long rule was characterised by acts of repression,corruption and cronyism.
Egyptians today woke up to the shocking news of the demise of their former Head of state. The Egyptian state news confirmed his demise on Tuesday morning. His death reportedly occurred at a military hospital
The former Egyptian head of state was found guilty and convicted for the extra-judicial killings in 2012. His conviction was later overturned in March 2017.
The case dragged for a long time and the leader was later acquitted by Egypt’s highest appeal court. Mubarak was also lucky to have a separate corruption charge against him overturned in 2015.
He had earlier been sentenced to life in prison. The lower court found him guilty of the brutal murder of 239 protesters. The protests that saw his ouster were inspired by a rebellion (Arab Spring Uprisings) that was born in Tunisia.
His successor Mohamed Morsi also fell victim to the military, being ousted in 2013 after winning a democratic election. Egypt’s current leader, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has been likened to Mubarak for his leadership style.
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