Newscast Media CAIRO—Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted of
the third of four charges brought against him after his overthrow in 2011. The court
could grant him a conditional release as early as this week, his lawyer says.
A Cairo court granted former President Mubarak conditional release in a corruption
case on Monday, placing him one step closer to leaving prison. However, the
long-time Egyptian leader must remain in custody until the court rules on his fourth
charge, according to judicial sources.
Mubarak, 85, awaits the ruling in a final corruption case based on allegations of
illegally accepting gifts during his time as president. His lawyer, Farid al-Dib,
reportedly expects the court to drop the charge, as Mubarak has already repaid the
value of the gift.
“I expect a decision to be reached within 24 hours,” al-Dib said, according to news
A popular uprising toppled Mubarak’s regime in early 2011, bringing an end to his
30-year-rule. Shortly thereafter, the ex-president was arrested and has remained in
detention in Torah prison.
Several months after relinquishing his office, an Egyptian court sentenced Mubarak
and his former interior minister, Habib Adly, to life imprisonment for complicity in the
deaths of some of the protesters killed during the Arab Spring in Egypt. He appealed
the conviction and now awaits a retrial.
The news of Mubarak’s possible release came amid widespread unrest and political
instability in Egypt.
Source: Deutsche Welle