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Egypt court orders release of ex-president Hosni Mubarak

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Egypt court orders release of ex-president Hosni Mubarak


A Cairo court has ruled that the former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, be released from jail.

His lawyer said it was likely that the 85 year old former dictator would walk free on Thursday.

Mubarak will still be investigated for the charges of corruption which include claims he took around 8 million euros in gifts from state-run newspapers

On Monday, Mubarak was cleared of another case of corruption which alleged he had embezzled funds intended for the upkeep for presidential palaces.

The 85 year old is still awaiting a retrial on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his
downfall. However under Egyptian law he does not have to stay in jail while waiting.

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.

A spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood said Mubarak’s release was a political decision and a consequence of what the call the military coup on July 3.

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