Egypt court orders Mubarak release

Egypt court orders Mubarak release
Wed Aug 21, 2013 17:53:10

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, a judicial and a security source says.

The sources on condition of anonymity said on Wednesday, Mubarak could leave prison later in the day as there are no longer any legal grounds for his detention.

Mubarak, 85, is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his downfall.

However, he has already served out the maximum amount of pretrial detention permitted in that case.

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.

Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the army toppled Mubarak’s successor Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected Egyptian head of state, and suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.

It also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.

The interim government in Egypt has been facing international condemnation over the killing of protesters. Amnesty International has called for a thorough and unbiased investigation into the August 14 massacre.


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