Security forces stand guard outside the Tora prison where former president Hosni Mubarak is detained August 21, 2013
Egyptian security forces stand guard outside one of the gate of the Tora prison where former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is detained on August 21, 2013 in Cairo. Egyptians awaited Thursday the possible release of Mubarak after a court ordered he be freed pending his re-trial on charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters, and other crimes. © Gianluigi Guercia - AFP
Security forces stand guard outside the Tora prison where former president Hosni Mubarak is detained August 21, 2013
Samer Al-Atrush, AFP
Last updated: August 22, 2013

Egypt awaits Mubarak's release from jail

Egypt's state prosecutor on Thursday cleared ousted leader Hosni Mubarak for conditional release from prison while he stands trial, judicial sources said.

The prosecutor's office informed prison authorities Mubarak could be released after judges ruled he could no longer be imprisoned during his retrial on corruption and murder charges.

He will be placed under house arrest on leaving prison.

The decision, made after determining Mubarak was not wanted on any charges other than the ones he is standing trial for, means he could be released later on Thursday.

Mubarak was convicted last year of corruption and complicity in the murder of protesters during the uprising that forced him to resign in early 2011.

An appeals court ordered a retrial on technicalities.

His lawyer had contested his detention, arguing that the maximum period for pre-verdict detentions had expired, and Mubarak had paid back the money involved in one of the cases.

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