Mubarak release sparks fear of old regime return in Egypt
Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:32
Aug. 23 - Some Egyptians worry that the release of former President Hosni Mubarak could be yet another signal the old order is returning to power. Jessica Gray reports.
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This is the military hospital where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is being treated after years of incarceration.
On Thursday, the former leader was released from prison. And with his release come fears for the return of the old regime.
For the April 6th Movement, who played an important role in Mubarak's ousting, the discharge is seen as a symbolic victory for the military-dominated old older.
Mubarak was discharged after paying back millions of dollars in bribes and serving the maximum pre-trial detention.
He is now preparing to appeal a life sentence imposed for failing to protect protesters during the popular uprising that saw him fall from power.
The 85-year-old who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for over three decades is under house arrest and his assets remain frozen.
Mubarak's release comes as supporters of his successor Mohamed Mursi prepare for a mass protest called "Friday of martyrs."
Egypt's military overthrew and detained Mursi, the country's first democratically-elected president, following mass demonstrations in June against his rule.
Many worry these protests will result in fresh violence following the bloodiest period of civil unrest Egypt has seen in its modern history.
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