Officials say an Egyptian court has ordered the release of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, but it’s not immediately clear whether the prosecutors will appeal the order.
The Wednesday decision comes in a hearing on charges against Mubarak of accepting gifts from a state-owned newspaper, the last case that has kept the ailing leader in detention.
It raises the possibility that Mubarak will walk free, a move that is likely to fuel the unrest roiling the country after the autocratic leader’s successor was removed in a military coup last month. The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Official estimates fromEgyptian government place the death toll, from recent clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and Egyptian security forces, at 638 dead with thousands more injured. Representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood insist that the death toll is much higher (2,000+), and that the government is forcing people to sign death certificates listing non-gunshot-related causes of death (such as suicide) to keep the official number low.
16:16 // 6 months ago
After those reports, his lawyers and Egypt’s ruling military generals said Mr. Mubarak was in critical condition, but alive. On Wednesday, security officials said that Mr. Mubarak was alive and breathing on his own. They described his condition as nearly stable.
The former president’s health has been a source of constant speculation and suspicion since his imprisonment. Mr. Mubarak has had health problems for years, but the flood of reports and scares in recent weeks led many Egyptians to believe that the military rulers, determined to move Mr. Mubarak out of a notorious prison, were using those accounts to prepare the public for such a move.
Low ranking security officers, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, speculated that the previous night’s reports that Mr. Mubarak was on the edge of death were part of a scheme to transport him out of Egypt for care. Indeed, many Egyptians on Wednesday wondered if the state news agency reports of his near death were all a morbid hoax.
A bizarre situation, certainly, whatever it was.
10:01 // 1 year ago
An Egyptian official says the top prosecutor will appeal the verdict in Hosni Mubarak’s trial, which acquitted the former leader and his two sons on corruption charges and cleared senior police officers of complicity in killing protesters during last year’s uprising.
The prosecutor must appeal the entire verdict, which also included convictions and life sentences for Mubarak and his former security chief for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that ousted him.
Huge protests cropped up in Egypt yesterday after the verdict hit, with protesters feeling the verdict was not for the right reasons.
10:23 // 1 year ago