Mubarak Free by Week's End: Lawyer
Corruption charges against former Egypt strongman are dissipating
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2013 5:58 AM CDT
Updated Aug 19, 2013 7:49 AM CDT
Egyptians on a motorbike pass by burnt poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Nahda Square, near Cairo University.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – As Egypt continues to melt down, with the death toll from days of unrest nearing 1,000, the longtime strongman overthrown in the nation's bloody 2011 revolt is on the verge of becoming a free man. Hosni Mubarak will be released from jail this week, his lawyer tells Reuters, after Egypt's judiciary nullified a corruption charge against the frail 85-year-old. Pending the dismissal of another corruption charge, Mubarak is free to roam the streets. "He should be freed by the end of the week," says the lawyer; a judicial source says that figure is more like two weeks. Though Mubarak faces a retrial for the killing of protesters in 2011, the AP reports he cannot continue to be held in custody because of a two-year limit pending a final verdict. Elsewhere on the ground:

  • Some 25 police officers have been massacred as Islamic militants in the Sinai peninsula—where attacks on security forces have soared since Mohamed Morsi was removed from office last month—ambushed a pair of minibuses carrying the officers and killed them execution-style in broad daylight, the AP reports.

  • The Egyptian government says 36 detainees captured in recent days died after clashes with police, Reuters reports. Officials say the detainees, part of a convoy headed to a prison, rioted and captured a police officer. When tear gas was fired into a police van in an attempt to free the officer, the men suffocated. The Muslim Brotherhood says the incident was murder and the death toll was higher than the government admits.
  • As European Union leaders met to discuss the crisis—and consider halting aid to Egypt—Britain's foreign minister gave a bleak assessment. It will take "years, maybe decades" for the trouble to "play itself out," and there is only a limited amount Western powers can do, William Hague says. "We have to do our best to support democratic institutions" without picking sides, he tells the BBC.

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ppaca
Aug 19, 2013 10:45 AM CDT
What's Mubarek going to do if he IS released? He has no legitimate following. He will never return to power. He's 85 years old and won't live that much longer. He'll just live his remaining years off the billions he's skimmed from US aid in some Mediterranean villa. Besides, Egypt was better off under Mubarek than they have been since.
Who_Cares
Aug 19, 2013 9:40 AM CDT
I can see that given some time, he will become new Egypt president. I already heard Muslims saying that he wasn't such a bad guy. They protested prices raising 3% and here in USA prices went up 250% and nobody seems to notice that.
HANKHILL
Aug 19, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
just savages haveing some fun!