In what would appear to be a reversal of gains made by the Egyptian wing of the Arab spring, former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, will be set free by the end of the week according to his lawyer.
Mubarak, the former air force general, who ruled Egypt for thirty years, was arrested shortly after being toppled in February 2011 and is currently being held in the Tora Prison in south Cairo.
According to the Independent, following an appeal against his original conviction for involvement in the killing of protesters, the only grounds for the former President’s continued detention rest on a separate corruption case relating to gifts he received during his time in power. But Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid el-Deeb, said that case would soon be resolved.
“All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours,” Mr Deeb told the Reuters news agency. “He should be freed by the end of the week.”
There was speculation, however, that further charges could be brought against Mubarak, or else authorities would find another reason to keep the former air force chief detained. A judicial source, speaking to Reuters, said Mubarak would spend at least two more weeks behind bars before the criminal court made a final decision in the outstanding case against him.