Egypt: Hosni Mubarak May Be Freed

Cairo — Egyptian judicial officials have ordered former President Hosni Mubarak, 85, freed from jail, a stunning turnaround for the strongman who ruled the nation for three decades before being ousted in a popular revolution in 2011.

A court hearing, on Monday in Cairo, centered around a corruption charge in which Mubarak was accused of misusing public funds intended for renovations of his presidential palaces and diverting millions of Egyptian pounds to improve his private homes.

The only legal grounds for Mubarak’s continued detention rests on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Fareed El-Deeb, Mubarak’s lawyer said.

“All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours,” he added.