The Mubarak years were seen as a time of stagnation and cronyism and the trials that followed the uprising and resulted in his detention were watched attentively by the whole country.
The 88-year-old former military leader was ordered free earlier this year after Egypt's top court finally acquitted him of complicity in protester deaths during the 2011 revolt that ousted him.
He headed to his home in Heliopolis today. Six years later, mass uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria have led to civil war, failed states or a return to heavy-handed rule.
He also faced a number of other charges that eventually were dismissed.
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An Egyptian attorney general ordered on March 13, 2017 the release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak after he served his maximum pre-trial detention sentence.
Mubarak, who became president in 1981 after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, was initially held in Torah Prison before being transferred to the hospital due to his deteriorating medical condition.
"The former president is not completely out of the clear", NPR's Jane Arraf reports from Cairo.
Since then, he has spent nearly six years in prison and military hospitals. "The only reaction you can find on the streets is someone joking about Mubarak being back home", he added.