Egyptian court orders Hosni Mubarak`s release in graft case

An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered the release of former president Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges.

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

Cairo: An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered the release of former president Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges.

However, it is not yet clear when Mubarak will leave prison. His lawyer, Fareed al-Deeb, after the session said that Mubarak may come out of the prison on Thursday.
Mubarak is also being tried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising which forced him out of power after 30 years of rule.

He was sentenced to life in prison last year, but a retrial was ordered earlier this year. His next court hearing is scheduled for August 25. That re-trial is still underway. Though the case does not require Mubarak to remain in custody, as his lawyer successfully argued that the former leader has already spent the maximum time in prison for a defendant in pre-trial detention.
Egypt is currently struck by the recent crisis that saw removal of the country`s first freely elected president Mohammed Morsi and a crackdown on the pro-Morsi supporters by the military-led government.

At least 900 people, hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed in the crackdown in the past week.

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