Deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in jail since 2011 facing charges of corruption and killing protesters, is likely to be freed after a court today ordered his release but the cases against him would continue.
Mubarak, 85, is in Tora Prison here and will remain under detention for another 48 hours during which the prosecution can appeal against the order of his release.
A Cairo criminal court accepted an appeal by the former president against a recent detention order he received, setting him free.
A team of judges from the Northern Cairo misdemeanour court arrived earlier today at the high-security Tora Prison where Mubarak is detained to look into the appeal. Mubarak is in the jail's hospital.
Mubarak, who has been on trial since August 2011, has now received release orders in all the cases in which he is investigated, for spending the maximum time in jail for a defendant pending trial.
However, all trials are still ongoing and would continue.
He was released today pending investigations in a corruption case in which he is accused of illegally receiving millions of pounds worth of gifts from state-run publisher al-Ahram.
Mubarak has recently reimbursed money equivalent to the value of the gifts to the state, which raised the possibility of him being released.
The long-time autocrat, the first ruler ousted in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings to stand trial, also faces a retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of over 800 protesters during the 2011 revolution.
He was sentenced to life in prison last year, but a retrial was ordered earlier this year.
However, the case does not require Mubarak to remain in custody, as his lawyer successfully argued that the former leader has already spent the maximum time in prison for a defendant in pre-trial detention.
His next court hearing is scheduled for August 25.
If Mubarak is freed later this week, it would come only six weeks after the armed forces that he once commanded deposed his freely elected successor, Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi remains in custody since the army toppled him on July 3, but his supporters have held protests calling for his reinstatement.
The ex-president, who ruled Egypt for nearly 30 years was ousted in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and detained shortly after.
On Monday, the court had ordered Mubarak's release pending a probe into a separate case in which he is accused of splurging 1.1 billion pounds in public funds to renovate his palatial private residences, drawing him closer to release as the number of charges he faces decrease.
Mubarak's health has also been a bone of contention during his trial and incarceration.
He suffered a heart attack after relinquishing power and had maintained that he was physically unfit to stand trial.
Analysts say Mubarak's release, if it happens, would be seen by many as a sign the military is rolling back the changes that flowed from the 2011 uprising.
Egypt is under a state of emergency amid the bloodshed which has accompanied the interim government's crackdown on Islamists opposed to the army's ousting of Morsi.
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