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Egypt’s ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, has been released from the Cairo hospital where he has been detained for most of the past six years since a popular uprising against his rule forced him to step down.

Mr Mubarak, who is 88, returned on Friday morning to his home in the upmarket suburb of Heliopolis, three weeks after he was cleared in a retrial from all charges in relation to the killing of protesters during the revolt that ended his 30-year rule.

To many, his release symbolizes what they consider final affirmation of the defeat of the 2011 revolution. The only charges against the former president upheld by a court relate to the corrupt use of public funds to renovate family homes.

He was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison in 2015 over these charges but the prosecution has considered that some of the time he spent in pre trial detention count towards his sentence.

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