Egyptian dictator Hosani Mubarak might be leaving jail sooner than any one could’ve expected.
An Egyptian court has thrown out the final conviction against the country’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The court said that proper legal procedure was not followed in the embezzlement case against Mubarak, so he should be retried.
Al Ahram, the Egyptian news source, quotes a “judiciary source” saying Mubarak will be released, “because he is not being tried in any other case.”
This has been a long and dramatic road for Mubarak, who was toppled after decades of rule, during an uprising in 2011. He was tried and convicted in the murder of hundreds of anti-government protesters during the uprisings.
But that conviction — and the life-sentence — was overturned last November.
The AP reports:
“Though the ruling paved way for Mubarak’s imminent release, there was no explicit statement from the authorities that he would leave the hospital in Cairo where he was held in custody a free man. There were also conflicting remarks over whether the release would take place.
“An official at the chief prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press that ‘paperwork was being processed’ for Mubarak’s release. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media, declined to speculate if and when that could happen.
“However, an unnamed security official told the state-run news agency MENA that Mubarak will remain in detention since the Appeals Court ruling didn’t include a release order.”
The Times adds that Mubarak’s release could present Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with an uncomfortable political situation.
If Mubarak walks free, this will be the first time someone in his position has done just that without being led by the military or in a coffin.