Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, will soon be free to return from self-imposed exile and perhaps make a political comeback after Egyptian courts on Thursday acquitted him in one corruption case and shelved another.
Shafiq left Egypt last year after being defeated in the presidential election by Mohammed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician since overthrown by the army and now on trial for conspiracy and inciting violence while in office.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed concern about recent charges involving Mursi and other Brotherhood leaders in a phone call with Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday.
Hagel, without entering into specifics at a Pentagon news conference, said he told Sisi such developments alienate some Egyptians, setting back efforts to build a “stable, secure, free democratic Egypt.”
Shafiq’s return would reflect the shift in the balance of power in Egypt since the army removed Mursi and set the Arab world’s largest nation on a new course designed to lead to presidential and parliamentary elections next year. The next milestone is a mid-January referendum on a new constitution.
Several corruption cases were brought against Shafiq during Mursi’s rule, which was cut short by Sisi after mass protests against his rule.
Judicial sources said the court had sent the final case against Shafiq back to the prosecutor, who can either dismiss it or order more investigations into the charges, which relate to illegal allocation of state-owned land.
A separate ruling acquitted Shafiq and Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, in a different corruption case. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak remain in prison on other corruption charges.
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