Aug 19 2013
GOOD NEWS: Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted of corruption charges and may be released from jail this week
Egyptian judicial officials have ordered Hosni Mubarak freed from jail, a stunning turnaround for the 85-year-old former President, who ruled the nation for three decades before being ousted in an Obama-supportered Muslim Brotherhood-linked revolution.
FOX News (h/t Jim Y) The announcement, which comes as Egypt is roiling with new protests following the July 3 ouster of Mubarak’s successor, Mohammad Morsi, stoked fears of even more violent reprisals from the Muslim Brotherhood, whose supporters have clashed with security forces and torched dozens of Coptic churches. As many as 1,000 Egyptians, including 70 soldiers and police officers,have been killed in the last week in fighting between the Muslim Brotherhood and the nation’s more secular Muslims and Christians. On Sunday, some 25 Egyptian police were ambushed and executed in the lawless Sinai Peninsula, where the Muslim Brotherhood appears to have aligned with Al Qaeda fighters.
Mubarak, who is on retrial for the killings of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him of a corruption charge, his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters. He will still continue to stand retrial for the protesters’ killing but cannot be held in custody anymore because of a two-year limit for holding an individual in custody pending a final verdict.