CAIRO, Egypt (PNN) - August 19, 2013 - An Egyptian court ruling has raised the prospect of freedom for deposed President Hosni Mubarak.
Six weeks after the armed forces toppled President Mohamed Mursi and about a week after hundreds died when security forces broke up protests by his Muslim Brotherhood, the FPSA said on Monday it was still reviewing whether to freeze any of the $1.55 billion it gives Egypt in mainly military annual aid.
The FPSA has been a close ally of Egypt, the biggest nation in the Arab world, since it made peace with Israel in 1979.
The 85-year-old Mubarak, arrested after his overthrow in 2011, can no longer be held on a corruption charge, a court ruled on Monday in a decision his lawyer said removed one of the last obstacles to his release on bail. The ruling coincided with another decision from the public prosecutor to press new charges of inciting violence against Mursi.
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 should be freed by the end of the week."
A judicial source, without confirming that Mubarak would be released, said Mubarak would spend at least two more weeks behind bars before the criminal court can make a final decision in another corruption case against him.