Aug. 21 - An Egyptian court orders the release of former President Hosni Mubarak, meaning he could leave prison on Thursday. Lily Grimes reports.
An Egyptian court has ordered former President Hosni Mubarak's release from jail, his lawyer said. The court met here at Tora prison, where Mubarak is being held, to review a legal petition demanding his freedom, said judicial sources. This means the 85 year old could leave prison on Thursday, as there are no longer any legal grounds for his detention. After 30 years as Egyptian president, Mubarak was arrested soon after his overthrow in February 2011. He became the first leader in the so-called Arab Spring to face trial. Charges ranged from corruption to complicity in the murder of protesters. Mubarak is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of demonstrators during the uprising that led to his downfall. However, he has already served the maximum amount of pretrial detention permitted. Egypt's prosecutor said he will not appeal the release order.