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FILE PHOTO: Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak attends a meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo, October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, walked free on Friday for the first time in six years, his lawyer said.

He left the Maadi Military Hospital where he had been detained, heading to his home in Heliopolis.

A top appeals court cleared Mubarak earlier this month on charges of killing protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30 year rule.

(Reporting by Lin Noueihed; Writing by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Larry King)

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