Mubarak to be released in 48 hours - lawyer

Published August 19th, 2013 - 11:03 GMT
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a dock at the police academy, on the outskirts of Cairo June 8, 2013. (AFP)
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a dock at the police academy, on the outskirts of Cairo June 8, 2013. (AFP)

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011, is expected to be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer Fareed El Deeb told Reuters on Monday. 

El Deeb spoke to reporters after judicial authorities ordered that Mubarak be released in one of the corruption cases alleged 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 told Reuters.

"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," Mubarak's lawyer added.

Mubarak, 85, will still have to appear in court for a retrial over claims that he was involved in the murder of protesters in the 2011 revolt. 


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