One of the main reasons that Egyptians revolted against Mubarak was his grooming of his younger son Gamal, mockingly referred to as Jimmy, to become president. His brother Alaa appears in the Panama Papers. They both have been acquitted for embezzling millions of dollars of state funds towards renovating their palaces. The brothers been making more public appearances in recent months stroking rumors of a possible presidential run in 2018.

Several cronies of Mubarak have struck reconciliation deals with the state trading their sentences for investing in the economy.

Hussein Salem, a close associate of Mubarak who fled to Spain in the wake of his downfall, paid around $600 million last year in order to drop money laundering charges. His former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, Information Minister Safwat El Sherif and Culture Minister Farouk Hosny have all walked recently.

Egypt is second to Nigeria only in terms of illicit financial flows out of the country with over $105 billion leaving state coffers in 40 years.

But for many Egyptians, Mubarak and his cronies are not a top priority as they continue to tighten their belts.

Economic pressures have taken precedence as freedoms continue to be stifled.

Egypt’s inflation is the highest it has been in a decade after a currency float in November and austerity measures imposed by the IMF to clinch a $12 billion loan.

There have been massive shortages in sugar, medicine and even baby formula at one point last year. The pound has been the best performing currency worldwide this year with investors slowly returning but that has not stopped Egyptians from feeling the pain of soaring prices.

Speculation is rife of whether Mubarak will actually leave a military hospital wing that has doubled as his jail cell.

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