CAIRO -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on trial for murder-related charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011, may be released from prison this week after a judge set aside a corruption case against him.
“He’ll be out in a couple of days,” said Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid Deeb.
The 85-year-old former leader remains in custody in connection with another graft case but is expected to be cleared of those charges after his family reportedly paid restitution.
Reuters news service quoted a judicial source as saying Mubarak “would spend another two weeks behind bars before judicial authorities made a final decision in the outstanding case against him.” There is also the possibility that prosecutors could file new charges against the former president.
Mubarak’s release would essentially mean he would be free on bail while he stands trial for the deaths of more than 800 protesters who were killed by security forces and paid thugs during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule.