Hosni Mubarak, Former Egyptian Leader, Could Be Freed This Week

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Monday, 19 Aug 2013 04:10 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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The pending release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from prison will add yet another headache to challenges to bring peace back to the Middle Eastern country as Muslim Brotherhood supports clash with the military.

Egyptian judiciary officials told The Associated Press on Monday that Mubarak could be freed sometime this week. He has been jailed since April 2011 after he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in June last year for his failure to stop the killing of some 900 protesters in the 18-day uprising against his rule.

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The AP said Mubarak's sentence was overturned on appeal and he is now being retried, along with his security chief and six top police commanders.

Mubarak's attorney Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters that the former Egyptian leader could be freed in as little as two days. Another corruption case against Mubarak could be settled later in the week, according to Deeb.

"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 to Reuters.

Al Jazeera reported that Mubarak's release could set off a whole new round of protests and violence on top of the current political tension that has seen more than 850 people, including 70 policemen and soldiers, killed since last Wednesday.

That is when the army-backed interim government moved to forcibly disperse Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo with deadly force, wrote Al Jazeera.

The longtime Egyptian president is being held at Tora prison just outside of Cairo, the same prison where leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood are being held.

Since the Egyptian military ousted Morsi in a July 3 coup following massive protests in Egypt, tensions have boiled over. Protesters demanded that Morsi, Mubarak's elected successor, step down after accusing him of abusing his powers, but he refused.

The Muslim Brotherhood and other Morsi supporters have staged their own demonstrations demanding that he be reinstated and denouncing the military coup.

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