Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hosni Mubarak to be released from prison as EU halts sale of arms to Egypt

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the imprisoned former leader, Hosni Mubarak, as the European Union agrees to suspend the sale of weapons to the troubled country.

Hosni Mubarak could leave prison as early as Wednesday afternoon Photo: AP

By Richard Spencer, Cairo3:00PM BST 21 Aug 201362 Comments

At a hearing at the sprawling Torah Prison in southern Cairo, judges said there was no longer any reason to hold Mr Mubarak.

He faces a retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that led to his downfall, but the term limit for remand in custody in that case has expired.

His release on bail in a second case, for embezzlement, on Monday left only a third, minor, case of receiving illegal gifts while in office under which he could be held.

Mr Mubarak did not walk free immediately, pending final release procedures. It is possible that the prosecution will appeal, but lawyers said he could be returned to his home pending a ruling.

On leaving the prison on Wednesday afternoon, Fareed El-Deeb, his lawyer, said: "The court decided to release him." Asked when, he said: \"Maybe tomorrow\".
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