Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer has said.
Fareed el-Deeb was speaking after judicial authorities ordered the release of Mubarak in one of the remaining corruption cases against him.
The only legal grounds for Mubarak’s continued detention rest on another corruption case that 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.