Egypt’s ex-president Mubarak may soon be released

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Barack Obama and Hosni Mubarak
Barack Obama and Hosni Mubarak
Barack Obama and Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak, the ex-Egyptian president who was ousted from power in February 2011, could soon be released from detention after being cleared of corruption charges, his lawyer said Monday, according to a Reuters report.

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Separately, The New York Times, citing state media, reported via Twitter that judicial authorities and security officials in the nation have ordered Mubarak’s release.

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“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 Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters.

Mubarak, who is 85, was cleared of corruption charges related to alleged embezzled funds for presidential palace, is still to face a retrial over conspiracy to kill protesters during the violence that rampaged through Egypt in 2011.

But the Associated Press reported that he can’t be held anymore due to a two-year limit pending a final verdict.

The moves comes as clashes between Egypt’s anti-military protesters and security forces, killing hundreds, have raged since Wednesday. At least 25 policemen were killed Monday when assailants ambushed two mini-buses carrying security personnel in Egypt’s North Sinai Peninsula.

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