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One in, one out : Islamist leaders are arrested while Egypt's former dictator could be set free

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One in, one out : Islamist leaders are arrested while Egypt's former dictator could be set free

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A tense calm pervades the streets of Cairo with a lull in the protests following the violent crackdown by the army and numerous arrests.

With ousted president Mohamed Mursi already detained, the spiritual head of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie and several of his deputies have joined him.

Now lawyers for the former dictator Hosni Mubarak believe he could be released from prison to await trial on a number of charges after a judge sent a corruption case against him back to prosecutors for further investigation.

At 85, Mubarak may have no political future, but his release could raise questions on whether the popular uprising that ended his 30-year rule is leading back to a military government.

Euronews asked the co-leader of the opposition National Salvation Front and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi what he makes of it all.

“I do not think its the appropriate moment now to put one in jail and to release the other, because both regimes have been authoritarian and have not acted in the interests of the people. I’m saying the revolution needed to continue against the Mubarak regime, because Mubarak’s regime didn’t fallen at all… we carried out a revolution but its policies didn’t change, only the faces changed. Instead, we brought upon ourselves a further repressive authoritarian regime working against the interests of the people – the former had been secular which was then replaced with an Islamist regime.”