Mubarak Could be Released from Prison
Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian president could be released from jail after a court reviews his case on Wednesday. This would stir more unrest in a county that is experiencing the bloodiest internal conflict in its modern history. The death toll has risen to 900 people, including 100 police and soldiers, will searching for Mubarak’s Muslim Brotherhood foes.
The count will session at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, and a petition will be reviewed that states the leader be overthrown in 2001. If the court upholds, there would be no legal grounds for Mubaraks’ detention, though he is being retried on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters in 2011. Wednesday’s ruling also does not mean Mubarak has been acquitted on the corruption charges, He is accused of taking gifts worth $11m from Al-Ahram, the state-run newspaper.
However, the ruling does not mean Mubarak will be released immediately, as he will be required to stay in prison for 48 hours, pending possible appeal by prosecutors.
Mubarak, now at 85, may have no political future, but his release raises question on whether the popular uprising that ended his 30-year rule is leading back to a new form of military government.
If Mubarak is freed this week, as his lawyer predicts, it would come only six weeks after the armed forces that he once commanded deposed his freely elected successor, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi.
After decades as an outlawed movement, the Brotherhood emerged as the best-organized political force after Mubarak’s fall. Egypt accuses it of al Qaeda-style militancy and subversion, but the Muslim Brotherhood denies all charges.
The Islamic group was founded in 1928, used all of its organizational strength to secure victory for Mursi in last year’s presidential election. It has about a million members among Egypt’s 85 million people, as well as offshoots across the Arab world.
The whereabouts of many other senior Brotherhood politicians are unknown.