Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak could be freed

Egyptâ„¢s former dictator Hosni Mubarak could be freed from Tora prison in the capital Cairo in a move that is expected to further complicate the countryâ„¢s political turmoil which led to the deaths of hundreds of Egyptians.

On Wednesday, a court will convene later in the day behind closed doors in the prison where Mubarak is in custody to review a petition demanding the release of the former ruler.

On the same day, Mubarakâ„¢s lawyer, Farid al-Dib who filed the petition, said, Å“I will give my defense and if God is willing … there will be no reason for him to be held in temporary detention.”

Reports say the public prosecution is set to appeal against the release of Mubarak who is accused of corruption and delay his departure for several days.

Mubarak is also facing a retrial for complicity in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 revolution that toppled him.

The former longtime ruler was sentenced to life in prison in June 2012, but an appeals court later overturned the sentence and ordered a retrial.

This is while Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the army toppled Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected Egyptian head of state, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament. The army also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.

More than 900 people, including nearly 100 soldiers and police, have died in clashes across Egypt since August 14, when the interim Egyptian government launched a brutal crackdown on thousands of peaceful protesters demanding the reinstatement of deposed president.

The violence has sparked an outrage across the globe and triggered demonstrations in several countries. Meanwhile, international bodies have called for an end to the use of lethal force against Egyptian protesters and called for independent investigations into the killings.

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Republished from: Press TV