Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president may be freed from prison after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case.
The 85-year old ruled Egypt for three decades until he was ousted from power after mass protests in 2011.
Mubarak was arrested after his ouster and appeared in a court-room cage during a trial which ranged from corruption to complicity in the murder of protesters. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the revolt that swept him from power. Mubarak appealed and awaits a retrial, but this would not necessarily require him to remain in prison.
Over a year later, the only reason for Mubarak’s continued detention relates to another corruption case. His lawyer, Fareed el-Deeb, said it would be settled quickly.
“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,” Deeb said.