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Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Convening on Wednesday at the Cairo jail where Mubarak is held, the court upheld a petition from his lawyer demanding the release of the man who ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was overthrown during the uprisings that swept the Arab world in early 2011.

Judicial and security sources said the court had ordered Mubarak's release. His lawyer, Fareed al-Deeb, confirmed this as he left Tora prison after the session. Asked when Mubarak would go free, he told Reuters: "Maybe tomorrow".

Mubarak, 85, was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators. But a court accepted his appeal earlier this year and ordered a retrial.

The ailing former president probably has no political future. But many Egyptians would see his release as the rehabilitation of an old order that endured through six decades of military-backed rule - and even a reversal of the pro-democracy revolt that toppled him.

At least 900 people, including 100 soldiers and police, have been killed in a crackdown on Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood in the past week, making it Egypt's bloodiest civil episode in decades.

The United States and the European Union are both reviewing aid to Cairo in light of the bloodshed, but Saudi Arabia, a foe of the Brotherhood, has promised to make up any shortfall.

Mubarak is still being retried on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolt against him, but he has already served the maximum pre-trial detention in that case.

The court ruling removed the last legal ground for his imprisonment in connection with a corruption case, following a similar decision in another corruption case on Monday.

Mubarak's release might stir more turbulence in Egypt, where the army ousted Mursi, the country's first freely elected leader, on July 3, saying it was responding to the will of the people following vast protests demanding his removal.

The generals have installed an interim administration to oversee a roadmap they say will lead Egypt to back to democracy.(Reuters)
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  • raviraj Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:25 AM

    don't under estimate the srilankans

    kumar Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:40 AM

    What ever said and done the Egyptian people lived peacefully under his administration compared to now.

    mercy Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:44 PM

    Allah alimighty has punished these guys in the sense these despots have lost there sense of shame and modesty

    Abdul Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:49 AM

    he is already 85. let him spend his final days with his family

    Bumble-bee Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:50 AM

    ravi, your being the world's topmost idiot doesn't mean that other sri lankans are like you.

    Rahmathullah Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:54 PM

    Egyptians are top most fools in the whole world.

    Citizen Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:38 PM

    I think people prefer dictators

    Roshan Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:26 AM

    US and the Europe are fighting for Democracy in Syria, where in Egypt they are killing the Democracy. This is called double standard.

    Yehiya Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:45 PM

    Funny democracy of the world. People elected man in jail.

    Ryan Thursday, 22 August 2013 04:55 AM

    Democracy is just icing of the cake, under the icing its hot hot lava of the power of weapons.

    Kondebedapucheena Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:55 PM

    All the killings he ordered justified


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