Egypt’s ex-president Mubarak may soon be released

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.

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.

“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.