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Friday, October 21, 2016

Egypt’s Mubarak Freed In Case, Held On Other Charge

CAIRO, Qahirah (AFP) – Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak has been granted conditional release in one of the corruption cases against him, but will remain in custody on charges in an additional case, judicial sources said Monday.

His lawyer plans to appeal against the fourth and final case, which is also related to corruption, in a bid to secure the former president’s release, according to a judicial source.

Farid al-Dib, Mubarak’s lawyer, is expected to argue that his client paid back the $600,120 (449,570 euros) worth of gifts he received from his minister of information — the issue at the heart of the fourth case.

Since April, courts have ordered Mubarak’s conditional release in two of the four cases against him — one involving corruption, and a second for allegedly killing protesters.

On Monday, he was granted conditional release in a third case, and will now seek to be cleared of charges in the fourth, the judicial sources said.

The former president, 85, is on trial with his former interior minister Habib Adly and six police commanders on charges related to their rule before the 2011 uprising that toppled his regime.

On Saturday, a court adjourned his trial on charges of killing protesters until August 25 in a brief session that Mubarak did not attend.

He is facing the charges for a second time after a first trial that ended in him being sentenced to life was overturned by an appeals court on the basis of procedural errors.

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