EGYPT’S MUBARAK CLEARED IN CORRUPTION CASE

Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s imprisoned former ruler, has been cleared in the corruption case that alleged he embezzled funds for presidential palaces.

Mubarak, who was arrested after his overthrow in 2011, still faces charges in another corruption case where he is accused of accepting gifts from state newspapers, but he has already paid back the value of the gifts.

Mubarak is also awaiting retrial after appeals against his conviction and sentence to life in prison last year over his complicity in the deaths of protesters during the uprising.

Mubarak’s lawyer, Fareed el-Deeb, told the Reuters news agency that the second corruption case would be settled swiftly. “All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week,” Deeb told the agency.

Egyptian law does not compel his incarceration while he faces retrial over the protester deaths.

Source: Al Jazeera, Aug. 19, 2013, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/08/2013819122749582224.html

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