Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak to be ‘released this week,’ claims lawyer

August 19, 2013

Egyptian judicial authorities on Monday reportedly ordered former President Hosni Mubarak released in one of the remaining corruption cases against him.

Mubarak’s lawyer now says the former leader is due to be released from jail in the next 48 hours, in comments to Reuters news agency.

Farid al-Deeb spoke after judicial authorities ordered Mubarak’s release in one of the corruption cases against him.

The only legal grounds for Mubarak’s continued detention rest on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Deeb said.

“All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week,” Deeb said.

Hundreds of police officers and dozens of armored police vehicles were stationed to ensure security throughout proceedings held at a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo, reported al-Ahram last month.

Mubarak, his interior minister Habib el-Adly and six aides are accused in complicity with the deaths of more than 800 people during the 2011 uprising.

The ex-president and his sons are also facing charges for illegally using funds allocated for expenditure on presidential palaces for their private villas and corruption.

In June, Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killings of 800 people in the unrest but a retrial was ordered in January because of “procedural failings” in the original trials, stated al-Ahram in an article from July this year.

Source: Al Arabiya

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