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Egyptian court orders release of Hosni Mubarak in remaining case

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An Egyptian court ordered the release of former President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday, a judicial and a security source said, meaning he could leave prison later in the day as there is no longer any legal grounds for his detention.

Al Arabiya reported that Mubarak’s lawyer expects that he could be released as early as Thursday.

Mubarak, 85, is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his downfall. However, he has already served out the maximum amount of pretrial detention permitted in that case.

Infographic: Army's tight grip on Egypt's politics (Design by Farwa Rizwan / Al Arabiya English)
Infographic: Army's tight grip on Egypt's politics (Design by Farwa Rizwan / Al Arabiya English)


Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators. But a court accepted his appeal earlier this year and ordered a retrial.

(With Reuters)