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Egypt's former dictator likely to be freed as charges against him reviewed

Egypt's former dictator likely to be freed as charges against him reviewed
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The former president of Egypt, overthrown in a people’s revolution and sentenced to life in prison by the Muslim Brotherhood now looks likely to walk free.

On Monday, a court cleared Hosni Mubarak of one case of corruption which alleged he embezzled funds for presidential palaces.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian judiciary will review a second charge where he is accused of accepting gifts from state newspapers. His family has since paid back the value of the gifts.

Mubarak’s lawyer, Fareed Deeb said: “All the previous release decisions in the cases brought against Mubarak and his sons were issued when the Brotherhood were in power. The judiciary has nothing to do with politics. The judge looks at the case and if it merits releasing him from custody then he will decide that, and if it requires holding him he will decide to hold him. It has nothing to do with politics.’‘

Mubarak still faces a retrial for the more serious charge of complicity in the deaths of protesters during the uprising, for which he was sentenced to life. However under Egyptian law he does not have to stay in jail while waiting.

The 84-year-old is being held at the same Cairo prison where leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood are being kept.

The court will convene at Tora prison, on the southern outskirts of the city, on Wednesday.

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