Former Egypt president Hosni Mubarak to be freed after being cleared in corruption case, lawyer says

Former Egypt president Hosni Mubarak to be freed after being cleared in corruption case, lawyer says

Former Egypt president Hosni Mubarak to be freed after being cleared in corruption case, lawyer says

Updated 20 August 2013, 0:19 AEST

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown in an uprising in 2011, looks set to be released from jail within days after being cleared in a corruption case, his lawyer says. Fareed El-Deeb says the judicial authorities had ordered Mubarak, 85, be released in one of the remaining corruption cases against him. The only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rests on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Mr El-Deeb said.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail within days after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer says.

Fareed El-Deeb has told Reuters news agency the judicial authorities had ordered Mubarak, 85, be released in one of the remaining corruption cases against him.

The only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rests on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Mr El-Deeb said.

"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours," he said.

"He should be freed by the end of the week."

Without confirming that Mubarak would be freed, a judicial source told the news agency the former leader would spend another two weeks behind bars before judicial authorities made a final decision in the outstanding case against him.
Mubarak, along with his interior minister, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the revolt that swept him from power.

He still faces a retrial in that case after appeals from the prosecution and defence, but this would not necessarily require him to stay in jail.

Mubarak still faces a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of protesters during the 2011 revolt.

The security situation in the Sinai Peninsula has deteriorated since Mubarak was overthrown and has become significantly worse since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Militants killed 25 policemen on Monday in the deadliest attack of its kind in years, as Egypt struggles to deal with violent unrest sparked by Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster.

Hundreds of people have been killed in violence between militants and security forces.

Reuters