Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak could walk free within days his lawyer confirmed today as the sense of crisis in the country deepens.
Rasha Abdel Wahab gives her take on what life is like in Egypt as supporters of the ousted president clash with security forces.
The military crackdown of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo has thrown Egypt into deadly disarray with no sign of a political solution.
Ms M's ordeal began when she was stopped at a checkpoint while travelling in the Sinai region and a man in plain clothes, who she believed to be a military officer, told her she would not be able to continue her journey, took her to a place where he said she could sleep and then raped her.
The following day she contacted the FCO and appealed for advice.
Later that morning when she went to report the attack to the tourist police she found herself in a room with a number of armed plain-clothes officers - a situation she described as "extremely intimidating".
She was told that in order to complete her complaint she would have to go to military headquarters, something she felt she had no choice but to comply with despite being reluctant to go.
Ms M said she was finally allowed out shortly before 3am so that she could try to obtain antiretroviral drugs, on the understanding she would return at 9am to complete her statement.
When she was also required to re-enact what happened when she was assaulted, including demonstrating the positions she had been forced into.
While Ms M was in telephone contact with the embassy she said it would have made a "huge difference" it she had be told that an official could actually have been with her.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has apologised and agreed to pay compensation after it failed to properly help a British woman after she was raped by a military officer in Egypt.
A investigation by the Parliamentary Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor has found the FCO was guilty of "maladministration and injustice" after the woman turned to it for help when she was assaulted in May 2011.
In her report, Dame Julie said that although the woman - referred to only as Ms M - had clearly been frightened and vulnerable, officials at the British Embassy in Cairo failed to explain clearly how they could help her.
They did not arrange a medical examination or offer to accompany her to a hospital and had no knowledge of post-exposure prophylaxis - a treatment which can prevent HIV infection after the virus has entered the body.
Egypt's interim president has banned public gatherings of more than 10 people without prior government approval, according to the Associated Press.
The new law includes imposing hefty fines and prison terms for violators in a bid to stifle the near-constant protests across the country.
"The law is giving a cover to justify repression by all means," said Bahy Eddin Hassan, head of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, one of the local groups that had campaigned against the law.
The military-backed government first floated the law last month. Interim President Adly Mansour approved a slightly amended version today, which removed a proposed ban on sit-ins and a draft portion criminalising "insulting the state."
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been referred to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes, according to the Associated Press.
Public prosecutor Ahmed el-Bahrawi also referred two of the former president's sons, two government officials and two contractors to stand trial with the ex-leader. No trial date has been set yet.
Prosecutors accuse Mubarak and his sons of misappropriating 18 million dollars (£11.1 million) between 2002 and 2011 to renovate and build homes and offices in seven different areas in Egypt. The four others are accused of helping embezzle the money.
He was sentenced to life in prison last year for complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt against him, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.
Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed and 35 wounded in a car bomb near the North Sinai city of El-Arish, a security official has said.
The soldiers were travelling in a convoy ahead of the attack.
The attack is one of the deadliest in the Sinai Peninsula since al Qaeda-inspired militants began stepping up assaults following the army's ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.
At least six Egyptian soldiers have been killed in car bomb attack in Sinai, Reuters reports citing a security official.
Images from the scene of the deadly crash in Egypt showed the mangled remains of a truck and a minibus after the collision with a train.
More than 20 people died and another 20 injured when a train crashed into a pickup truck and a minibus near Cairo, the state news agency MENA said.
The train, coming from Aswan and passing through Bani Swaif, crashed at a crossing near the Giza district, reports said.
The incident could spark protests by the Egyptian public who have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce even basic safeguards, leading to a string of deadly crashes.
"We are still investigating the incident and once we are done we will issue a statement," an Interior Ministry source told Reuters.
An Egyptian government minister has told Reuters that the state of emergency and night curfews will be lifted on Thursday.
The Egyptian Army imposed the measures in August following unrest caused by the military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July.
The trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been adjourned until January 8th.
Earlier, the judge halted proceedings after a defiant Morsi interrupted the session to insist he was the "legitimate president" of Egypt.
The deposed leader is charged with inciting violence and murder during protests last December.