Ex Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be Freed - Report

World | August 19, 2013, Monday // 16:33
Bulgaria: Ex Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be Freed - Report A file photo dated 13 April 2013 shows former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (L) on a stretcher looking on from behind the bars of a cage inside the court room during his trial at the Police Academy in Cairo, Egypt. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours, his lawyer has sensationally announced.

The move will come after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters on Monday.

The only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rest on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Deeb said.

"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week," Deeb said.

Mubarak, 85, still faces a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of protesters during the 2011 revolt.

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